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Teucrium

Germander

These evergreen shrubs and subshrubs are among the very toughest and therefore great for difficult situations; they thrive in heat and poor rocky soil. They also offer versatility, fitting into formal or informal designs with equal ease.

<i>Teucrium chamaedrys</i>

Chamaedrys means “a gift on the ground,” and this Teucrium’s gifts include a compact form, small, shiny dark green leaves and spikes of pink flo­wers in the dog days of summer. It’s useful as a ground cover, edging or low hedge. Create your own knot garden by combining it with Barberry, Santolina and Boxwoods. A hard annual shearing will maintain a rich thicket.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18" high x 12" wide.

Zone 5/6.

A friend to the bees and butterflies, and once used to cure stomach ailments, droves of whorled, petite white blooms sparkle on short terminal panicles above varnished dark greenery. Small, rounded dentate leaves and low growing tight-set reddish stems distinguish this upright, delightfully aromatic subshrub. Second-to-none for the rockery, herb garden or a container, ‘Alba’s natty evergreen habit makes a no-fuss verdant minihedge, effectively corralling a boisterous bed.

Blooms June–early September

Size: 6" – 12" high x 8" – 15" wide.

Zone 5/6.

<i>Teucrium fruticans (Select Form)</i>

Surprisingly light on its feet, this handsome ‘Select Form’ is smaller and more compact than Teucrium fruticans. Periwinkle-blue flowers embellish the downy white stems and gray-green, evergreen foliage which displays contrasting silver-gray undersides. Extremely durable, tolerating drought, wind and salt spray, this silvery mound makes an alluring backdrop for Muhlenbergia rigens.

Blooms January–July.

Size: 6' 0" high x 9' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Teucrium fruticans</i> ‘Azureum’ <i>Teucrium fruticans</i> ‘Azureum’

When you’ve got a trouble spot, ‘Azureum’ comes to the rescue. Half the size of Teucrium fruticans, and more of a shrubby ground cover, this vigorous, ruggedly charming cultivar bears eye catching lavender-blue flowers and evergreen foliage that’s gray-green above and silver-white beneath.

Blooms January–July.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Teucrium hircanicum</i> ‘Paradise Delight’

Held in playful repose—some straight, some slightly bent—the long, animal-like floral tails host tightly set jade-green buds. Upon opening, copious Veronica-style spikes entice us with lavish purple-red shades. Touting a more compact habit, improved branching and aromatic sage-green textured foliage, this new and bushy, clump-forming perennial forges a welcome sight in any border, or it can be pruned for an attractive, out-of the-ordinary hedge.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 16" – 20" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Teucrium hyrcanicum</i> ‘Purple Tails’

Held in playful repose—some straight, some slightly bent—the long, animal-like floral tails host tightly set jade green buds. Upon opening, copious Veronica-style spikes entice us with lavish deep fuchsia-purple shades.

Native to the Caucasus Mountains and Iran, this bushy, clump-forming perennial, with its aromatic sage-green textured foliage, forges a welcome sight in any border, or it can be pruned for an attractive, out-of the-ordinary hedge.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 20" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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