Sunday, August 7, 2011

Groundcover: Ajuga Reptans ( Carpet Bugle) Flowering in Purple Blooms

This carpet bugle (ajuga reptans) was purchase on sale, maybe $1, almost dying in heat. Now, it grows in my front yard, and very beautiful patch just beside the petunia.

October 2011. I moved some of these plants in backyard to add to my hosta hill, and they flourish beautifully. 
October 2011: (from left to right) Back - Siberian Iris, Bergenia crassifolia, Ajuga Reptans (carpet bugle in nice shiny purple) Hosta Purple Dwarf, Hosta Wolverine, Heuchera Palace Purple, Hosta Ginko Craig, Tiarella Spring Symphony)

Plant Profile:  AJUGA Reptans (Carpet bugle) Zone 3-9 Part shade to shade
Ajuga reptans is an evergreen groundcover that can grow in the shade of large trees where grass is hard to establish. Unlike many perennials that are grown only for their flowers, ajuga is prized for its attractive, colorful foliage that looks nice all year.

    This attractive small-scale groundcover has glossy, near-black, scalloped leaves and a dense habit. The deepest foliage color is achieved when plants are sited in full sun and in cooler temperatures. From mid to late spring, short (4-6") spikes of deep blue flowers stand upright above the low, spreading foliage. The effect is stunning when planted en masse.  It also fits nicely into rock gardens and mixed container plantings. It is reported to be resistant to powdery mildew.

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