This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Ed Carman's rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis "Mozart"
Size: Under 3 feet tall
Bloom season: Spring, summer, fall
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Pruning needs: Little or none; prune to shape and keep compact form
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.
Snapshot: This evergreen shrub doesn't just look great; it tastes great, too. Besides providing oil-rich rosemary for cooking, this variety known as Ed Carman's or Mozart rosemary pumps out loads of the darkest blue flowers of any rosemary. This is a true Durable Delight; rosemary ranks as one of the toughest low-maintenance plants for any garden. This low, spreading variety grows to 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide. The compact shrub blooms profusely from early spring into summer, then offers a second wave of flowers in fall. That makes it very attractive to bees. You can see specimens in the arboretum's Teaching Nursery demonstration gardens, the Mediterranean Collection and the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.
For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu
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