|Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'|
Blooming in early May, Ajuga reptans is a hardy perennial ground cover that is an excellent candidate for the shadier areas of the garden. Ajuga is hardy in zones 3 to 9 and grows 3 to 4 inches in height. Vibrant purple blooms form a carpet of color in hard to grow areas such as under trees and between shrubs or in shade area rock gardens. Ajuga spreads rapidly in humus soil and can be divided and replanted after bloom.
|Ajuga reptans in Shade Garden|
Ajuga grows best in partial to full shade in a well-drained soil. Depending on the variety, foliage ranges from glossy medium green to variegated cream, purple and green oval shaped leaves that stay semi-evergreen throughout the winter months. Blue-violet flowers appear in spring on 4-6 inch spikes that add a vibrant sea of color to the garden.
Ajuga serves as a focal point when planted around a boulder or along with other shade loving perennials. The garden here is in part shade and sun with the purple ajuga in the shade along with hosta and Nepeta next to it in the sunnier area. I have been growing this perennial in my zone 7 garden for the past several years and have found it to be successful. Ajuga adds a beautiful splash of color in early spring along with attractive foliage throughout the rest of the season and as an added bonus...it is also considered to be "deer resistant"!
As Always...Happy Gardening!