Rosemary is another popular kitchen herb that can easily be grown in your garden. You can also grow rosemary in containers by itself or with other compatible herbs. Using rosemary in companion planting can provide benefits to the other crops that you are growing. In this article, we go over what are good companion plants for rosemary and what not to plant with rosemary in the garden. We also cover what flowers are best to plant with rosemary.
Rosemary grows in a bush-like fashion, so when planting it with other crops you want to keep in mind the position of your crops. Rosemary can easily block sunlight if it is in front of low-lying crops.
For most crops that you plant with rosemary, they are going to benefit from the insect repelling ability that rosemary has due to its strong aroma. Using rosemary as a back border to your garden can benefit many plants.
Good Companion Plants For Rosemary
- Bell Peppers
- Bok Choy
- Collard Greens
- Green Beans
Bok Choy, Cabbage, Collard Greens, and other Brassicas do well when planted near rosemary because they benefit from rosemary’s ability to deter some insects such as cabbage flies.
Carrots do well planted near rosemary because it can help repel carrot flies.
Oregano, Thyme, and Sage are great complementary herbs to plant with rosemary. Both sage and oregano prefer the same soil and water conditions as rosemary. All of these herbs can help deter harmful insects with their strong scents.
What Flowers Can Be Planted With Rosemary?
Rosemary can actually be planted with just about any flower that you would like in your flower beds. Rosemary grows well with many flowers. It can also be a great accent piece for landscaping design due to its small bushy appearance.
But if you are wanting to use flowers with rosemary to improve your garden with companion planting rosemary with flowers then the following are the best options:
What Not To Plant With Rosemary
Chives do not have the same water requirements as rosemary and therefore they could have issues if in the same container or garden bed as rosemary.
Basil and Cilantro require more moisture and more frequent watering than rosemary.
Mint also requires more water than rosemary, but it also can easily overtake an area or container so it should be planted by itself.