Over wintering rosemary – or trying to

Over wintering rosemary – or trying to

This is the first time I've tried to over winter outdoor plants. I gave up on the coleus because the soil I'd bought was no good. It had too many gnats and they were flying around my house so I trashed them.

Here's the rosemary and the jewels of opar. The rosemary was doing well up and until last week I was snipping and using it when cooking. I looked at it a couple of days ago and it was all brown. I admit to being uncertain about how much watering to give these plants. Since they are in the mudroom and it's quite chilly out there, but not below freezing to my knowledge, I have a hard time gauging between cold moist soil and cold dry soil, if you get my jist. Have any of you had success with over wintering rosemary? I know it's easy enough to just buy a new plant every year but I was hoping to keep this one so as to train it into some sort of shape, like a little Christmas tree or something. Do you think it will come back or is the brown shrivel meaning it's beyond the point of of return? I'm certain the roots have never frozen.

Thanks in advance.



I should add, there is moss growing in the pot on the right side of the rosemary. Would that mean the soil was sufficiently moist or is that a bad thing?
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