1 GALLON WALL GERMANDER
USDA Zones 5-9
Native to the mountainous regions of southwest Asia, Northern Africa, & Europe, this shrubby evergreen is a member of the mint family & is grown mostly for its aromatic foliage. As an herb, it's mostly been used for it's medical purposes, including treating gout. However, recent medical tests have found Germander can be harmful to the liver, so it's herbal uses have decreased drastically.
The Wall Germander blooms pink & light purple blooms that compliment the dark green aromatic leaves & stems perfectly, aesthetically & aromatically -- making it an awesome plant for an herb garden or short hedge/border collection. Who doesn't love a beautiful plant that smells amazing!?
These days it was & would be considered an "old-timey" plant, but with the current bee population decreasing it's a perfect plant for a pollinator or bee garden, as it attracts bees like no other. During the summer & early fall, Wall Germander blooms deep purple flowers. They make for a good, short hedge if you clip it in the same way you would a boxwood, or as an edging plant. Don't forget the fragrant leaves are so strong, it makes for even more of a reason to use Gernamder as these a great choice!
CALLING ALL ARTS-AND-CRAFT-ERS! Wall Germander is awesome for drying out. Arts & crafts lovers will take stems of the plant, dry them out, & use them in potpourri or wreath projects.
Wall Germander is native to the rocky areas around the Mediterranean areas, so it thrives under similar conditions.
The plant prefers relatively dry, warm conditions, & generally does not react well to rainy, humid zones/regions.
Dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil. Will tolerate sandy soil, as long as It drains properly. It can't handle very acidic soil (below 6 pH).
*In a container with a drainage hole
Full sun; shade will make your plant leggy & scraggly.
During it's beginning year, water this plant weekly & soak to a depth of at least 3". Once established, watering every 10 days or so is usually sufficient. Withhold watering as winter approaches.