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Creeping rosemary

B3B3 Posts: 25,258
I bought a small creeping rosemary and potted it on to mature a bit. It's doing well but it looks sort of delicate compared to the upright jobs. The leaves are softer -that kind of thing.
 If I plant it out at some stage, will it be happy to spread horizontally along the ground or is it the kind of plant that needs looking after in a container?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,655
    They are less hardy than the upright sort. It's too dark to get a photo now but mine is planted outside in the garden and it's trailing over a low wall. It's sheltered from the wind and in a sunny corner but I don't protect it in winter. It came through the Beast from the East unprotected and unscathed. It's a fairly big plant. You could grow it in a pot but like 'proper' rosemary, you'd probably need quite a big pot for it and it trails rather than creeps, or mine does anyway.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,329
    I have one in this spot: very dry, never watered, overcrowded, fighting for space with cerastium (and winning), it gets used for cooking... anything better and it would be 3 or 5 times as big (which it really wants to be). But most crucially, it is a very well-draining spot.
    I killed normal rosemary in a pot over winter because standard MPC was too soggy for it.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    edited September 2020
    I have one growing in a long trough for many years. One of my favourite plants. It doesn't really trail much but just forms a network of twisted short branches. It's totally neglected yet, every year, it flowers for up to 8 months. It's just started flowering again after a 3 month summer break. Normally, it's still flowering in December and January.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,258
    Thanks all. I didn't realise it was a trailer. I'll find somewhere suitable. There's not many plants that can outspread cerastium!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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