Plant Pick : Ajuga reptans Living Mulch | The Hypertufa Gardener

Plant Pick : Ajuga reptans Living Mulch

How could you not love this plant?

A beauty in sun or shade, beautiful blossoms, attracts hummingbirds, is there much more you can ask of a plant? (Warning: In some states or areas, this plant, along with Creeping Jenny, is considered invasive. Check with your local extension office to be sure before you plant. Invasive species checker.

Early in the spring, this plant brightens up and begins to grow. The  flat rosette of leaves spread out, and  begin to display a spike of pretty blue/ purple flowers like candles across the beds. These last for several weeks and attract bees, and hummingbirds, and all sorts of pollinators. When they are finished blooming, you can cut them off if you want, or they will just die down .  More posts about my Backyard Flower garden.

Ajuga reptans as a living mulch

 

  • Known as a ground cover and can be walked on
  • Only gets about 3 inches high and spreads endlessly by little runners, but pulled up easily here in Ohio
  • Zone 3-9
  • Grows in both sun and shade, any soil
  • Matted living mulch
  • OK for containers but I think best in the ground

 

Ajuga reptans – not real attractive in winter

The only time this carpet bugle, carpet weed, or just bugle looks relatively bad is during the winter season. It tends to stay “evergreen” but gets a little mashed looking in the beds. But in comparison to all the rest of the garden which is brown and dead stalks, it looks OK.  In spring, there is nothing that needs to be done with it, no clean up at all. It just begins growing and brightening up, getting ready for its flowering time. ( Ohio Zone 6)

Ajuga reptans Living Mulch

 

 

The ajuga reptans holds a good color contrast around evergreens and you can see where the ajuga hugs the fence along with my creeping jenny. (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’.)

Ajuga with Creeping Jenny

I have a lot of this ajuga since it grows so easily here. I plan to root some more into a bed against the edge of the house.

Do you ever have a problem in your beds that are against the house or against a fence where dirt splashes on the house or fence from a rainstorm?  This ajuga can be  your answer because it forms a mat and won’t let that happen. And since it grows fast, you won’t have to wait long before it is filled. Problem solved.

Plant Pick Ajuga Reptans

What do you think of this plant? Do you grow it too?

Kim, The Hypertufa Gardener

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