Tuscan Blue RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
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Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
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What is the most popular holiday activity? Eating. Food and eating as a family is at the heart of all holiday celebrations, as it should be through the rest of the year too. If you cook, or someone you love does, then you know the value of rosemary in the kitchen. It could be with roasted potatoes, flavoring lamb, chicken, turkey and even fish – or in sophisticated infusion drinks, but the sophisticated flavor of this Mediterranean favorite is loved by everyone who cooks, and all those who eat. So, what better holiday gift than a plant of this great herb? So much better fresh than dried, it’s evergreen, it is available every day of the year, straight from the garden. But wait, this is also a handsome bush, with attractive gray-green foliage, a gnarly trunk when mature, and with the Tuscan Blue Rosemary, a wonderful display of blue-violet flowers all along the stems in spring. Sprawling out of a bed over a patio, or spilling over a wall, this mounding plant is a statement in green. It looks great in a large pot too – just brush by to get that aroma!
A selected form of wild rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, the plant called ‘Tuscan Blue’ is a robust shrub that under good conditions can grow over 6 feet tall, but is more often seen as a lower, mounding plant with many slim branches growing outwards and upwards. In time it may develop a thick, woody base with flaking gray bark, and lots of rugged Mediterranean beauty. The leaves are closely packed along the stems, and they are narrow but thick, with a darker green upper surface and a gray-green lower side. Chefs prefer this variety because it is very aromatic, with an abundance or fragrant oils in the leaves. In late winter or spring flowers open along older stems, and these are a rich blue-violet color. The contrast of the blue against the dark green is striking, and this is a very attractive plant for xeric gardening, and planting among rocks and gravel.
Tuscan Blue Rosemary will grow anywhere there is no hard frost, and it can be planted outdoors in zones 8 and 9. It may survive with some die-back in warmer parts of zone 7, growing in sun and dry soil. In cooler zones it is best to grow it in a tub or pot so you can keep it indoors during the coldest times. It will grow in any well-drained soil and prefers hot, sunny and dry locations, growing well in alkaline soils. Use a cactus soil when growing in a pot. Plants can be trimmed in spring, after flowering, and it can be pruned hard, or trimmed regularly into a thick, low mound with many branches.
We love dual-purpose plants, and rosemary certainly is that. You will satisfy both the gardener and the cook when you give them this beautiful pot of rosemary as a holiday gift. Don’t wait, you have found the answer, but order now – these plants go so fast.