Rosemary officinalis is a unique evergreen shrub, with a strong pine-like aroma and a wonderful savoury flavour. Native to the Mediterranean region and naturally growing by the sea, it is no wonder it is referred to as “Dew of the Sea.”
Sweet Valley Rosemary is considered a triple threat herb for good reason! It’s ornamental, it’s fragrant, and most importantly, it is delicious! That might be why it continues to grow in popularity.
Rosemary has a woody stem and needle-like leaves, and it prefers to dry out between watering and loves the humidity. It should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil. In warmer climates, it is considered a perennial, and in cooler climates, it can be brought inside for the winter.
Below we will explain the differences between the varieties that Sweet Valley offers!
Rosemary officinalis, Gorizia
I will start with our favourite, Rosmarinus officinalis Gorizia. This rosemary is a large, robust plant from Gorizia, Italy. It has broad leaves – twice the size of common rosemary and, in our opinion, the best and most intense flavour. This would be our first choice for the culinary herb garden.
Rosemary officinalis, Standard
Rosemary officinalis Standard is also a delightfully flavoured rosemary. It is not as strong as Gorizia and not quite as flavourful. If you find Gorizia too strong, try this variety! Equally as good on meat, in dressings and to season oven roasted potatoes or vegetables, it’s the next best choice. The standard variety will grow into a nice upright, bushy plant, and it is a must-have.
Rosemary officinalis, Barbecue
Rosmarinus officinalis Barbecue is a nice milder rosemary that has a lovely upright growth. Its woody branch-like stems can be stripped and used as a barbecue skewer, releasing a lovely mild rosemary flavour into your meat and veggies. It grows into an attractive Christmas tree-like bush if left un-pinched.
Rosemary officinalis, Prostratus
Rosemary officinalis Prostratus is a creeping rosemary that will not disappoint. Its flavour is similar to the ‘Standard’ making this variety delicious and pretty! It is a vigorous variety that is really impressive once it takes off. Try planting two or three plants in one 12 inch pot to make a nice display. This variety will cascade and is also good in hanging baskets or growing over a rock wall. Keep a pot on your patio or inside on your windowsill for easy harvesting!