With the weather finally starting to cool down and the holiday spirit starting to ramp up, you’re probably planning on preparing a lot of holiday meals this coming winter and fall. And what would a holiday meal be, of course, without some fresh herbs! Herbs not only taste good, they look good, and can be a beautiful part of any landscape. Especially, when it comes to hedging.That’s because as you cut off leaves for your recipes, you can also trim the plant into the shape you want. Double duty!
Trim the tops off your plants to create a more traditional look, or trim your rosemary into a small tree or topiary just in time for the winter holidays!
One of my favorite herbs to do this with, which is dramatic and easy to care for, is rosemary. Rosemary does well in the Texas sun and is drought resistant. You just need to make sure it has well drained soil, and you’re good to go. Trim it often and your rosemary with continue to bring you fresh new growth every year.
When looking to buy your own plant be sure to get a variety of rosemary that is upright and not creeping. Creeping rosemary stays low to the ground and will spill over edges if planted in a container. Upright rosemary grows up, and is used to create hedges. Upright rosemary has a higher oil content, which means it tastes better, and it is also easier to harvest!