Teucrium chamaedrys & hyrcanicum ‘Purple Tails’

Sometimes ignorance is bliss when it comes to planting perennials, like the Teucriums I grow in a sunny South facing position, but, also in a very exposed and windy spot! They apparently prefer to be in gritty, well drained soil and sheltered – otherwise will suffer die back in harsh winters!! Well – I’ve given them the total opposite and they have survived for a lot of years in their current exposed position, and are thriving! Another plus – they’ve never been eaten by the rabbits or the deer!

Teucrium hyrcanicum 'Purple Tails' (L/H side)

Teucrium hyrcanicum ‘Purple Tails’ (L/H side)

This is a very narrow bed, maybe just 12 – 14″ or so deep, but I have it crammed full of colour from around March with the start of the Daffodils and Narcissi, to November till the frost and/or snow arrives! Teucrium chamaedrys is the lower growing plant with pale pink flowers and aromatic leaves down the bottom of the pic. with Sedum Purple Emperor above to the right, and Teucrium hyrcanicum ‘Purple Tails’ to the left! These plants flower for such a long time – summer through till the frosts here, and need very little attention. I normally just give them a bit of a trim and tidy in springtime – that’s it! There is a Pyracantha behind, trained against the trellis which helps to set off the flowers of the Teucriums and the foliage of the Sedum. IMG_0434

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