Companion plants for rosemary

Rosemary Companions

Using Rosemary as a Companion Plant

(tips on growing rosemarys in your garden)

Rosemary and rhubarb make a pretty pairing. Haven’t seen anything related to companion planting; we just think they look pretty together in our herb 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. And, when you are ready to harvest your rosemary leaves, be sure to check out our guide on drying rosemary.

Our history of rosemary page discusses both historical and modern uses for rosemary.

Rosemary Buying Guide

Living Rosemary Plants

There are a number of different options to buy rosemary plants online. Unfortunately, the shipping often costs more than the individual plants. This option is a great and tasty compromise – Organic Herbs De Provence Collection with Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, and Thyme. You’ll get 4 plants and pay only slightly more for the shipping than some folks are asking to ship just one plant. Rosemary is a great companion plant but an even tastier companion in this famous culinary blend. Herbs de Provence is one of my new culinary discoveries. I absolutely love the flavor it adds to things. Even adding my el-cheapo, dried blend to Ramen noodles turns this so-so dish into something that tastes like it’s been cooking all day. Throw in some carrots, celery, onion and some left-over chicken and no one will know you did it fast and easy.

Rosemary Seeds

Rosemary is one of those plants that can be grown from seed but sadly often suffers from low germination rates. This package of 100 non-GMO rosemary seeds look to be a great option – lots of seeds to hedge your bets on that low germination rate typically found with rosemary from a vendor who appears to have a fairly good reputation among seed buyers on Amazon.

Ground Rosemary

Here’s a great option if you can’t wait for your own rosemary plants to get large enough to harvest or you like working with finely milled spices. While we don’t have this exact brand of ground rosemary in our kitchen, The flavor of ground rosemary is a wonderful companion to potatoes and scrambled eggs – and no dried twigs like you get with the leaves. Have fun with your kids – a little goes a long way, adding a bit of ground rosemary to scrambled eggs will make them extra tasty but they will also turn a bit green – Green Eggs and Ham, anyone?

Learn about companion planting with herbs! Plan out your garden now for the greatest success later. Herbs are also the perfect companions to food in your culinary masterpieces.

Companion Planting with Herbs

Here are a few of the most common herbs, as well as the best companion plants for them in the garden. We’ve also listed how each herb is best used in the kitchen.

Basil
In the garden: Plant with tomatoes. Repels flies and mosquitoes.
In the kitchen: Use in tomato dishes, pesto, sauces, and salad dressings.

Chives
In the garden: Plant with carrots.
In the kitchen: Related to the onion, chives enliven vegetable dishes, dressings, casseroles, rice, eggs, cheese dishes, sauces, gravies, and dips.

Dill
In the garden: Plant with cabbages. Keep away from carrots.
In the kitchen: Use seed for pickles and also to add aroma and taste to strong vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and turnips. Use fresh with green beans, potato dishes, cheese, soups, salads, seafood, and sauces.

Marjoram
In the garden: Good companion to all vegetables.
In the kitchen: Excellent in almost any meat, fish, dairy, or vegetable dish that isn’t sweet. Add near the end of cooking.

Mint
In the garden: Plant near cabbage and tomatoes. Deters white cabbage moth.
In the kitchen: It is common in Middle Eastern dishes. Use with roast lamb or fish and in salads, jellies, or teas.

Oregano
In the garden: Good companion to all vegetables.
In the kitchen: Of Italian origin, its taste is zesty and strong, good in any tomato dish. Try oregano with summer squash and potatoes, mushroom dishes, beans, or in a marinade for lamb or game.

Parsley
In the garden: Plant near asparagus, corn, and tomatoes.
In the kitchen: Use fresh parsley in soups, sauces, and salads. It lessens the need for salt in soups. You can fry parsley and use it as a side dish with meat or fish. It is, of course, the perfect garnish.

Rosemary
In the garden: Plant near cabbage, beans, carrots, and sage. Deters cabbage moth, bean beetles, and carrot fly.
In the kitchen: Use for poultry, lamb, and tomato dishes, stews, soups, and vegetables. Try it finely chopped in breads and custards for a savory tinge.

Sage
In the garden: Plant near rosemary, cabbage, and carrots; away from cucumbers. Deters cabbage moth and carrot fly.
In the kitchen: Use in cheese dishes, stuffings, soups, pickles, with beans and peas, and in salads. Excellent for salt-free cooking.

Tarragon
In the garden: Good companion to most vegetables.
In the kitchen: Great with meat, eggs, poultry, seafood, and in salad dressings, marinades, and sauces.

Thyme
In the garden: Plant near cabbage. Deters cabbage worm.
In the kitchen: Use in casseroles, stews, soups, ragouts, and with eggs, potatoes, fish, and green vegetables.

More Common Herbs & Companions

Anise
In the garden: Plant with coriander, which promotes its germination and growth.
In the kitchen: Use in cookies, cakes, fruit fillings, and breads, or with cottage cheese, shellfish, and spaghetti dishes.

Borage
In the garden: Plant with tomatoes, squash, and strawberries. Deters tomato hornworm.
In the kitchen: Use leaves in salads; flowers in soups and stews.

Caraway
In the garden: Plant here and there. Loosens soil.
In the kitchen: Use in rye breads, cheese dips and rarebits, soups, applesauce, salads, coleslaw, and over pork or sauerkraut.

Chervil
In the garden: Plant with radishes.
In the kitchen: Use with soups, salads, sauces, eggs, fish, veal, lamb, and pork.

Fennel
In the garden: Plant away from other herbs and vegetables.
In the kitchen: Use to flavor pastries, confectionery, sweet pickles, sausages, tomato dishes, soups, and to flavor vinegars and oils. Gives warmth and sweetness to curries.

Garlic
In the garden: Plant near roses and raspberries. Deters Japanese beetle.
In the kitchen: Use in tomato dishes, garlic bread, soups, dips, sauces, marinades, or with meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables.

Lovage
In the garden: Plant here and there to improve the health and flavor of other plants.
In the kitchen: It’s a great flavoring for soups, stews, and salad dressings. Goes well with potatoes. The seeds can be used on breads and biscuits.

Summer Savory
In the garden: Plant with beans and onions to improve growth and flavor.
In the kitchen: Popular in soups, stews, stuffings, and with fish, chicken, green beans, and eggs.

Do you use herbs as companion plants? Tell us your favorite combinations in the comments below!

by Matt Gibson

Most gardeners are familiar with companion planting in the vegetable garden, finding combinations of compatible plants that grow well in pairs or as a group, such as the famous three sisters combo of squash, corn, and beans. There is also a science to companion planting in the herb garden, and many herbs are great complements to plants in your veggie garden as well.

The strong fragrances herbs are known for come along with lots of gardening benefits, from driving away pests that destroy your crops to enticing beneficial insects that feed on garden misfits. Some herbs can enhance the flavor of neighboring plants or increase the essential oil content of other herb specimens planted nearby.

Whether you’re plotting out your herb garden schematic or deciding what herbs to bring into your veggie garden this season, this is what you need to know.

Chives are a great all-around partner plant for most herbs and vegetables. Growing chives around rose beds has become popular with many rose gardeners. That’s because chives are known to ward off the rose bushes’ nemesis, the Japanese beetle, reduce black spot, and enhance the growth of the roses.

Chives work well with every other herb, and the pollinators they entice help boost the yields of many fruit and vegetable plants. Chives repel aphids, tiny white garden pests that destroy everything in sight. Plant them next to peas, lettuce, and celery, veggies that are highly susceptible to aphid attacks.

Growing chives is a must if you are harvesting cucumber plants. The oniony aroma chives produce deters the cucumber beetle, a little guy you do not want anywhere near your cucumber patch. Chives are also known to enhance the length and flavor of carrots as well as increasing the yield of tomato plants and deter pests from them.

Learn more about growing chives.

Rosemary is one of the few herbs that don’t get along well with other herbs. In fact, the only herb that makes a good garden buddy for rosemary is sage. However, rosemary is a fantastic complement to many vegetables.

The best companion for rosemary in your garden is broccoli. Rosemary wards off the insects that attack broccoli heads while broccoli enriches the soil, allowing rosemary to thrive.

Rosemary also enjoys the company of beans, cabbage, and hot peppers. Keep rosemary a good distance away from carrots, potatoes, and pumpkins and away from all other herbs aside from sage.

Learn more about growing rosemary.

Basil

Like rosemary, basil prefers the company of vegetables to other herbs. Like sage is the one exception when it comes to rosemary, oregano and chamomile are two exceptions when it comes to basil. Most other herbs, but especially rue and sage, should be kept far away from basil in the garden bed.

When it comes to veggie-herb combinations, tomatoes and basil go together like peas in a pod. Not only do they duet perfectly on a margherita pizzaor tossed together in balsamic with some fresh mozzarella. These two are also perfect partners in the garden, where each plant is said to enhance the flavor of the other.

Basil is also compatible with potatoes, beets, cabbage, beans, asparagus, eggplant, chili, and bell peppers. Planting marigolds near basil is a good move too, as the team works together to keep pests away from their neighbors as well as themselves.

Learn more about growing basil.

Dill attracts a variety of beneficial insects you want to see in your garden bed, including ladybugs, butterflies, honey bees, wasps, hoverflies, and the majestic praying mantis. Dill also discourages the presence of aphids, cabbage loopers, and spider mites.

Veggies that love growing next to dill include lettuce, cucumbers, corn, asparagus, onions, and brassicas, such as brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, and kohlrabi. Keep dill away from peppers, potatoes, carrots, and eggplant in the veggie garden as well as lavender in the herb garden.

Learn more about growing dill.

Cilantro

Also known as mexican parsley, this flowering herb thrives in the cool season. Its favorite veggie garden buddies are tomato and spinach. The only thing you need to keep cilantro far away from is fennel, as the two are highly competitive when planted next to each other.

Cilantro also pairs well with many herbs, including basil, mint, tansy, yarrow, lavender, and dill. Throw some jalapenos and onions near your cilantro and tomatoes to have a pick-your-own salsa bar right there in your garden.

Learn more about how to grow cilantro.

Sage is another herb that prefers growing near vegetables and fruits to most other herbs. The only herb sage enjoys bedding with is rosemary, so the best place for sage is in the vegetable garden.

Plant Sage around strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, and cabbage. You might consider letting one or two of your sage plants flower. Not only are the blossoms are quite pretty, they also attract beneficial insects and pollinators that can help your whole garden.

Learn more about growing sage.

Mint

Mint is a very invasive plant, so keep that in mind when considering adding it to your garden. If you decide plant it in beds instead of a container, be prepared to pull a lot of it up as it starts to spread where it doesn’t belong. Keep in mind that you only need so much mint, even if you’re an avid mojito connoisseur or tea drinker. However, too much of a good thing in the garden is never a bad idea, and the aroma of mint drives a lot of pests crazy, including aphids and flea beetles.

Plant mint near cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and radish. Plant mint next to carrots to ward away carrot flies—or next to onions to ward away onion flies. Try mint near your tomato plants if you are having trouble with aphids.

Other plants that work well with mint include beets, lettuce, kohlrabi, peas, broccoli, brussel sprouts, bell peppers, chili peppers, squash, and salad burnet. Mint gets along with just about everybody.

Learn more about growing mint.

Tarragon is considered a nurse plant, meaning that its presence in the garden will enhance the flavor and increase the growth of anything it is planted next to. You literally can’t go wrong with planting tarragon in any place in your garden.

The smell of tarragon drives away most pests, and it can be used as a barrier plant to divide up sections of your garden bed. Tarragon’s favorite neighbor is eggplant, as eggplant is a very popular treat among garden pests and the odor of tarragon drives them away. Tarragon is also believed to increase the yield and flavor of eggplant crops.

Learn more about tarragon.

Catnip

Catnip is a treasure for our feline friends. Just a sprinkle of the dried herb can make cats go crazy. However, catnip is not only good for stimulating your favorite pet, it is also a fabulous addition to your garden.

Catnip plants in bloom will attract bees to your garden, helping to pollinate the rest of the plants in the vicinity. Meanwhile, the fragrance of catnip works to repel ants, aphids, cockroaches, beetles, and more. In fact, catnip will even ward off larger garden pests, such as mice, rats and weevils.

Plant catnip on the outer borders of your garden beds, along with hyssop. The plants are both highly beneficial to each other, and they create a very attractive border. The neighborhood cats will also most likely never make it past this outer edge to tear apart the rest of your garden either, as they will be too preoccupied with the catnip to care about other treats within. Catnip also pairs well with beets, pumpkins and squash.

Learn more about catnip.

Garlic is one of the most beneficial plants to grow, as it repels just about every type of pest that may try to step foot into your garden. Garlic’s pungent aroma can even drive away the deer and rabbits that would chew up your crops. Garlic is also a deterrent to fungus and mold, two other garden killers.

Garlic grows well with just about every plant you could put it next to, and it could be grown throughout your garden in multiple locations. It’s easier to list off the plants that you should keep away from garlic than to list the plants it works well with, so that’ss just what we’ll do. Keep garlic away from asparagus, peas, beans, sage, and parsley.

Learn more about growing garlic.

Herbs can serve as companion plants just as well as vegetables—maybe even better, as the strong odors from the essential oils that herbs produce work wonders at ridding your garden of unwanted pests. Herbs are also responsible for increasing the output and flavor of many of your garden favorites. So next time you are planning out your vegetable garden, consider adding in accompanying herbs to complete the package.

Which herbs can be planted together?

Some herbs like dry soil, and some like wet soil, so you’ll want to keep the same types near each other so that they’ll thrive together.

Cilantro, tarragon, and basil love full sun, and all require more moisture to be happy. They grow well together since you can keep them watered at the same rate.

When it comes to herbs that prefer sandier, drier soil, consider planting sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and lavender near each other. These are Mediterranean herbs that thrive in that type of weather.

Thyme is a small, creeping herb that will do well when planted with rosemary and variegated sage.

What herbs grow well with chive?

When it comes to other herbs, parsley, cilantro, tarragon, and basil are good companions for chives, since they all enjoy moist soil that isn’t too dry or sandy. Avoid sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, which like it drier and sandier.

Can parsley and basil be planted together?

Yes, parsley and basil make good herb companions because they both have a need for full sun conditions, and similar watering requirements.

Can rosemary and lavender be planted together?

Yes. Both rosemary and lavender are Mediterranean herbs that require similar conditions for both sun and watering.

Learn more about companion plants

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