Using Rosemary as a Companion Plant
(tips on growing rosemarys in your garden)
Rosemary is a wonderful aromatic and culinary herb that has a quite distinctive flavor. When growing your own rosemary, you might want to consider companion planting and which other herbs, vegetables and flowers you plant nearby. This article is in itself a companion for our guide for companion planting with herbs. Our Herb Garden has done the research for you and put together the opinions of a variety of gardening experts in this rosemary companion planting guide.
As more and more gardeners are growing rosemary, they are becoming more interesting in learning more uses for their plants. By companion planting, you can use your rosemary plants to help other plants in your garden as well as attract beneficial insects.
Rosemary Companion Planting
When considering rosemary companion planting, the best companion plant is broccoli as both plants benefit from being planted together. Planting rosemary nearby will also help your beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and hot peppers to flourish. The only herb we found that would benefit from rosemary companion planting was sage.
Planting carrots, potatoes and pumpkins near rosemary is not advised as they make for poor companions.
Rosemary & Carrots.
We found a difference of opinion when it came to rosemary companion planting with carrots. A number of sources said they make poor companions. However, one source recommended using them together. They said to place rosemary cuttings by the crowns of the carrots to repel carrot flies. Personally, I wouldn’t define that as companion planting. Perhaps the best option is to plant the two as if they were bad companions and use rosemary cuttings for carrot fly control.
Rosemary & Insect Control.
Rosemary is believed to repel harmful insects including bean beetle, cabbage fly, cabbage moth and carrot fly.
Additional Rosemary Information
(Rosemarinus officinalis, Linn.)
To learn more about growing rosemary be sure to check out our rosemary fact sheet.
Our history of rosemary page discusses both historical and modern uses for rosemary.