Ajuga Plant Features
Ajuga is a vigorous, ground-hugging perennial that will quickly carpet all the shady or partially shady spots in your garden with color. Growing just 6 inches tall, ajuga is almost maintenance free and comes in a number of different varieties with either green, purple, or multi-colored foliage. As a bonus, all ajugas also sport petite stalks of blue, pink, or white flowers in the spring. Hardy in zones 3-9.
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Ajuga Growing Instructions
Plant ajuga in a shady or partially shady location with rich, slightly moist soil. Space the plants 8 to 12 inches apart and in a year or two they should fill in completely creating a colorful ground cover for borders or slopes. Ajuga also makes a great container plant, especially in the spring and fall when the weather is too cool for summer annuals. Because ajuga is so low to the ground, good weed control is especially important. Mulch ajuga immediately after planting with a thick layer of shredded bark to prevent weeds from smothering young plants.
Ajuga is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Outside: Part sun
Green, Pink, Purple, Variegated
Moist, well-drained soil
Complement your Ajuga with these varieties:
Partner lamium with ajuga to create a mass of low-growing color in a shady or partially shady border.
Mix different varieties of ajuga together to create a natural checkerboard of green and bronze leaves.
Create a carpet of color underneath tall trees by teaming ajuga with another shade-loving ground cover such as pachysandra.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Ajuga 'Bronze Beauty'
Bronze Beauty is a densely growing perennial groundcover that features rich green leaves infused with bronze purple. It grows 6 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
Tri-colored foliage in shades of creamy-white, burgundy, and dark green make ‘Burgundy Glow’ ajuga a top pick for landscapes or containers. It grows 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'
Use ‘Chocolage Chip’ ajuga along the edge of a path or walkway where you can enjoy its handsome narrow, chocolate-purple foliage. Plants are 4 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 4-9
Ajuga reptans 'Golden Glow'
Prized for its bright green leaves that are edged in creamy yellow, ‘Golden Glow’ ajuga makes a colorful statement in the landscape or containers. It grows a bit slower than other varieties. Golden Glow grows 6 inches tall and 9 inches wide. Zones 3-9