Fresh Rosemarinus officianalis can be used for ornamental, culinary and medicinal purposes. The aromatic, evergreen shrub, native to the dry hills of southern Europe and North Africa, can be grown as a clipped hedge, as a cascading plant along the edge of a retaining wall, pruned and shaped as topiaries and as a container patio plant.
Rosemary leaves are like soft pine needles, finely chopped they can be used to flavour a variety of dishes, especially stuffing. Many cooks simply cut sprigs of rosemary and place with roasted meats, especially lamb, pork, chicken and turkey with great results.
Another great advantage of rosemary is that it is a perennial and will last for twenty years or more with only minimal pruning once a year. While rosemary can be propagated by taking cuttings, the finest, more aromatic plants are said to be raised from seed.