History: A well known symbol of friendship and remembrance, rosemary holds a special place in history for Australians and New Zealanders. Rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula and was taken home by the soldiers who fought there during World War 1. Today it has a strong connection to ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, being worn in commemoration, and often planted at memorials and RSL clubs.
Description: A small shrub native to the Mediterranean, rosemary is an evergreen perennial with a height and spread of around 1m, although breeding has produced a wide diversity. Most varieties have pale blue flowers which appear in early spring and last until summer; often they will flower again in autumn. The aromatic leaves are dark green and needle-shaped.
Care: Rosemary likes well drained soil in a warm, sunny position. If growing in cold areas, plant alongside a wall that retains heat. Rosemary should be pruned regularly, and the best time is after flowering. Feed in spring and autumn with a good organic, controlled release fertiliser such as Rocket Fuel. Water regularly, but avoid keeping rosemary constantly wet as this will lead to weak growth and disease.
Special Comments: For a twist on the common varieties, try ‘Rosemary Semi-Prostrate’ (pictured) – a compact, low growing form that spills attractively over walls, embankments, rockeries and pot edges. Produced by http://www.oasishorticulture.com.au/index