In a message dated 2/13/00 10:56:00 AM Pacific Standard Time,
<< > I can never remember where zone 4 is -- but I can tell you it's very
> the Hudson Valley! Once I had one (Arp Rosemary) winter over -- and
> time I brought one in and it lived -- but the other five times, they died.
I _think_ zone 4 is too far north for the ARP hybrid, unfortunately; as I
recall it's only supposed to be hardy to zone 5. However, you could try
bringing it into a shed or basement, or wrapping it in burlap and covering
it in straw, two techniques that I believe are used on tender perennials
in England (where Rosemary Trees are known in some places, despite the
By the way, I checked and the Organic Gardening's Almanac page has a zone
map on it: http://www.organicgardening.com/almanac/
Thanks for the URL, Jadwiga. I subscribed for years but have let that slip in
favor of other interests. Glad to have the URL to an always reliable source
of sound gardening advice.
Rats on the Rosemary to zone 5. We're actually borderline 4/5 here in
Southern Maine, about 15 miles inland from the coast. I do have good luck
most years with that southfacing wall for zone 5 plants. I'll have to keep my
eye out for one of the plants. We also use pine boughs as winter cover for
more tender plants. They protect well, are readily plentiful in the backyard
(we aren't called the Pine Tree State for nothing) and seem to be less
inviting to the rodent population seeking warmth than hay/straw.