Glow ajuga cascades over the edge of this container, also
featuring Delta Marina pansies.
If I asked if
you had bugleweed in your garden you would probably gasp and say I
hope not. Thatís just one of those unfortunate names for not only a
great ground cover but a terrific plant to use in your cool season
Think of it as
not a weed but ajuga which is a plant for the entire country as it is
cold hardy from zones 3-10. It is in the mint family making it related
to other garden plants like salvias and coleus.
which exhibits green, cream and pink with royal violet-blue flowers is
one of my all-time favorites. While I like it for the low growing 8-
to 12-inch texture it offers the front of the landscape, I love it in
mixed containers as it gently tumbles over the edge. Simply put, this
one of the best spiller or even filler plants you can use.
landscape, Burgundy Glow and other ajugas can be aggressive and seem
to tolerate a wide variety of soils and light conditions. It quickly
spreads by runners, forming a dense mat of colorful foliage,
accompanied by showy blue or pink spring flowers. I will say in my 40
years of gardening I have never had it be a nuisance.
I believe that
most gardeners have not taken advantage of the artistic possibilities
in cool season designer type containers. Combined with other foliage
like Goldilocks lysimachia and Ogon Japanese sweet flag Burgundy Glow
is stunning in the contrast it provides. Use it with pansies and
violas, and it will add even more interest to your container.
landscape, I have admired it in combination with flowers like
perennial pink verbenas and other foliage plants among stepping
durability, Burgundy Glow ajuga and others do best in fertile
well-drained soil. A site in morning sun and afternoon shade, or high
filtered light, allows them to look their best, although it is not
uncommon to find exceptional plantings in full sun.
plants can be set out anytime during the growing season, with early
spring or fall being the best choice. Space plants 6 to 12 inches
apart. Ajuga is very easy to grow, after the spring bloom, deadhead
the flowers, for a tidy look and to maximize air circulation. This can
be accomplished with a string trimmer, high set mower or by hand
Dividing every 2
to 3 years will also increase air movement. Reduced air circulation
can cause crown rot. You may find, keeping it confined to the
designated area, requires a little digging, but it usually is not
While I have
been touting Burgundy Glow, there are more varieties. Bronze Beauty
with metallic bronze foliage, Catlinís Giant with large bronze/green
leaves, and Mahogany with the dark glossy purple leaves are some of
the best selections. Multicolor, an unfortunate name used for
marketing purposes, is dazzling with red, bright green, gold and pink.
season containers can be so much fun. Make foliage plants like
Burgundy Glow and other ajugas parts of your recipe.