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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 soils. 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.

<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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