Groundhugging shrubs.

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Fermi
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Hi Lori,

I think one of the genistas we grew was a form of G. pilosa - must try it again from seed!

One of my favorite dwarf shrubs, Teucrium subspinosum, is now in flower,

cheers

fermi

Teucrium subspinosun
Teucrium subspinosun
Teucrium subspinosun

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
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Mark McD
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Fermi, any problem with cats and the Teucrium?  I tried a couple times growing this Teucrium and cats would decimate it, as the aromatic foliage is as intoxicating as regular catnip (Nepeta cataria).

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Fermi
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Hi Mark,

not with this one; they like Teucrium marum more, but they don't decimate it either,

cheers

fermi

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Fermi
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Here are some pics of Teucrium marum which is now in flower,

cheers

fermi

Teucrium marum
Teucrium marum
Teucrium marum
Teucrium marum

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Mark McD
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Very nice on both Teucrium species, now including T. marum.  Both species never had a chance in my garden, many many years ago when I was still gardening at my parents home, the plants would be become decimated by cats (we didn't have cats, nor do I remember seeing any roaming cats), the small broken shrublets entangled with cat hair, apparently far more pungent and potent than normal catnip. If I were to try growing them again, would have to cover with protective wire mesh; there are at least 3 cats in the area that routinely come through the yard and hunt.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Fermi
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Another ground-hugging shrub in our rock garden is the South African Relhania pungens

Relhania pungens Relhania pungens

It looks great at this time of year but can be a bit tatty when the seed heads are left to go brown!

cheers

fermi

 

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Central Victoria, Australia
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Fermi
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It was an article by Panayoti in an ARGS journal way back in the 1980s which got me interested in rock garden Oreganoes.

This is a "swarm" of hybrids involving Origanum rotundifolium and another one whose name I've lost!

Origanum hybrids Origanum hybrids

cheers

fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
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Fermi
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cohan wrote:

Fermi [Teucrium subspinosum] -looks good- are the bulbs able to push through it?

Cohan,

this colchicum is a bit too small to get through cheeky

cheers

fermi

Colchicum in teucrium cage
Colchicum in teucrium cage

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
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Tim Ingram
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Really interesting plants Fermi - we are growing many teucriums, along with other Mediterranean shrublets and I'm aiming to write about them for The Plantsman in the UK. Fortunately our dog should prevent any problems with cats! The Relhania is completely new to me - I wonder if it has any chance of being hardy in the UK? This is one of my favourite small shrubs - Lithodora oleifolia​ - one of a particularly lovely family of plants, and at last growing a lot better than it has done before now it is planted out in the sand bed.

Lithodora oleifolia

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Tingley
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Tim, How does Lithodora oleifolia compare in hardiness to Lithodora diffusa? We have L. diffusa 'Grace Ward' growing here, though it doesn't exactly appreciate our extra cold and wet winters. With a bit of shelter, a raised bed with excellent drainage, and plenty of sun seems to help it through the worst winter offers here.

Southwest Nova Scotia, zone 6b or thereabouts

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