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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’

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.

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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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Honey Angels’

Colorful Crocosmias, Be Awed by your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

Click here to view our Late August 2019 Newsletter!

Colorful Crocosmias!

Crocosmias pack a punch of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Their clustered tubular flowers populate the ends of gracefully arching spikes, which emerge from handsome sword-like foliage. Ranging from yellow, peach and orange to fiery red, their prismatic shades look exceptional with white flowering perennials such as Phlox ‘David’, Selinum wallichianum and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’, as well as the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ or Aster ‘Twilight’. For fun you could create a hot border, blending them with Kniphofia, Helenium, Salvia and even other Crocosmia, plus be sure to include some in your next bouquet. Commonly referred to as Montbretia and hardy to Zone 6, they appreciate, good drainage, adequate water and some shade in scorching summer sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

YES, it’s possible to be in awe of your late August garden….

At this point in the season, some areas in our gardens may appear a tad worn or lackluster. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to cut back a few tired looking perennials, such as the Nepetas or Geraniums, so you can enjoy a fresh flourish of growth plus more blooms. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will also ensure late summer vigor. Incorporating plants that provide a bounty of flowers and alluring leaves in August and September helps buoy our spirits, and hopefully even inspire a little awe as we approach fall. Though the plants featured in this newsletter either promote a bold statement or possess more refined aspects, they equally caught my eye and made me pause to take a closer look. Perhaps they’ll spark a wondrous moment for you as well. All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging!

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