Essential with roast lamb, the dark green aromatic foliage of rosemary has a multitude of culinary uses. This shrubby evergreen is ideal for a sunny herb garden and even survives in poor soils, requiring very little maintenance. Height and spread: 150cm.
Sow seeds from March to May, in pots or trays on the surface of barely moist seed compost and cover with a sprinkling of finely sieved compost. Place in a propagator at 24-27C until germination, which can be slow and erratic up to 40 days. Transplant seedlings into small pots or cells until large enough to plant outdoors. Plant in well prepared soil in full sun, once frost risk has passed, 6cm apart. Plants should survive for several years if trimmed to keep their shape.