This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can’t-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Azure bush germander
Teucrium fruticans “Azureum“
Size: Under 3 feet tall
Bloom season: Spring, fall, winter
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Pruning needs: Little or none
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.
Snapshot: Also an Arboretum All-Star and a favorite on the UC Davis campus, this tough shrub creates a low, informal hedge with silvery leaves and striking blue flowers. It looks great in sun or shady spots. Beneficial insects love germander, which has no disease problems. You can see specimens in the Arboretum Terrace Garden and the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.
• For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu
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