Teucrium chamaedrys (Wall Germander)
Teucrium chamaedrys, or Wall Germander, is a sub-shrub, sometimes referred to as "Poor Man's Box," as a substitute for the more expensive boxwood, and it was also used medicinally for treating gout and gastric distress. This European native has glossy, deep green leaves and pink flowers in summer. After flowering, you can give it a good pruning to keep in tidy or for making your own knot garden. Wall Germander grows from 6-12 inches in full sun and well-drained soil. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it's a bee and butterfly magnet, to boot. Zones 5-9. Quarts.
Teucrium hircanicum (Caucasian Germander/Wood Sage)
I have grown this showy Germander for so many years that I had completely forgotten its name until recently. Could it be some type of Veronica, I wondered? Close, but no cigar. This is Teucrium hircanicum, also known as Wood Sage and Caucasian Germander because it is native to Western Asia and the Caucasus Mountains. Now that one of my life's great mysteries is solved, I am pleased to add this lovely Germander to my plant list. Even without the many spikes of densely packed magenta flowers that last for a very long time in summer, the slightly hairy, crinkly leaves keep this long-lived perennial attractive. Teucrium hircanicum grows to about two feet in full sun to light shade, with colorful magenta spikes adding another 8 - 10 colorful inches. Zones 5-8. Quarts.