Plant profiles: Rosemary ‘Ken Taylor’
There are many different varieties of rosemary you can grow in your garden. There are shrubs that grow from trailing groundcovers to sprawling four foot tall bushes. Some flower in blues, some lavender, some in pink, and some in shaded whites. All are herbs that have the unique rosemary scent and essential oils that can be used in cooking or for medicinal purposes. One of my favorite rosemary plants is the ‘Ken Taylor’. This is a cultivar that grows about two feet tall and stays reasonably neat looking – more than most other varieties. It blooms in early spring with brilliant sky blue flowers unlike the usual dull, pale flowers.
A well-behaviored plant, the Rosmarinus ‘Ken Taylor’ loves full sun in lean, well-drained soil, the same as other rosemary plants. It will handle light frosts and high heat. It also does well in dry air where so many other plants fail to grow.
Grow rosemary in informal or formal garden designs. It will tolerate pruning and looks fine when allowed to determine its own shape. The bright blue color is startling when the plant is in flower so design it where it can strut its stuff in spring. You can even grow a garden of mixed rosemary plants in different growth habits and flower colors. These plants will stay handsomely evergreen and make a good foil for other flowering plants. They also look fine on hills or slopes where they can decoratively help stop erosion.
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