Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Hill Hardy’


Synonyms: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Madeline Hill’

Outstanding Qualities

This native of the Mediterranean region has been cultivated in gardens for centuries, and for a number of very good reasons! Rosemary is a handsome evergreen shrub with slender, somewhat rolled, needle-like, grey-green leaves. As early as January, depending on the weather and the clone, its branches are sprinkled with small blue flowers. This makes it an ideal shrub for a shrub border or a mixed border, combined with bulbs and perennials. This plant is rich in aromatic oils and is commonly used as a culinary herb. It takes shearing well, making it adaptable to use as a hedge. Its fragrant branches can be used for dried arrangements or in cut flower bouquets. Individual branches of most rosemaries are held upright at various heights, creating a tight but interestingly irregular habit. Outstanding in all seasons - as well as the kitchen - rosemaries deserve a place in every sunny garden. 'Hill Hardy' is a favorite for cooking and has light blue flowers. It is also noted for the exceptionally gray undersides of its leaves. This cultivar is also called 'Madelyn Hill'.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure:

Water Requirements:

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, pink, variegated

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver, purple

Culture Notes
Rosmarinus officinalis and its cultivars are best grown in well-drained or sandy soil with little fertilizer. Provide a location in full sun and once established this rosemary is very drought tolerant. Light pruning in early spring will help to maintain symmetry or increase compactness, but is not necessary.
Geek Notes
also called Madelyn Hill