| One of the most versatile and useful herbs, this strongly aromatic evergreen shrub originates from the Mediterranean, so prefers full sun, and light, well drained soil.|
It will grow well in a container, and the leaves can be picked all year round, so place it near the kitchen door!
| Rosmarinus officinalis is Common Rosemary, with small pale blue flowers in early spring until early summer, with green needle shaped leaves, and growing to a height of 1m and a spread of 1m.|
Several different cultivars are available, such as R.o. 'Roseus', with pretty pale pink flowers, R.o. 'Aureus', has green leaves splashed with gold, and R.o. 'Miss Jessopp's Upright', a vigorous erect variety suitable for hedging.
Widely available from most nurseries, rosemary is included in the Herb garden at Toddington Manor, Bedfordshire.