Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)

Quick facts and care essentials

Ground cover

• Evergreen shrubby ground cover
• Zones 3-24, 28-34, 39
• Full sun or partial shade
• Moderate to little water

Even in poor soil and with little water, germander forms a dark green carpet that grows 1 foot high and spreads at a slow to moderate rate to about 2 feet. The many upright, woody-based stems are densely clothed in toothed, 3/4-inch leaves. Spikes of small pinkish purple or white flowers appear in summer. A lower-growing variety is 'Prostratum', which reaches just 4 to 6 inches tall.

If plants become straggly, shear them back to encourage new branching growth. Space 1 1/2 feet apart.