22 Apr

ajuga 006Sometimes called ajuga weed or bugle weed, this ground cover grows only 4″-6″ high but puts on a pretty display in the Spring.  This version has slightly darker leaves and is called bronze ajuga.

I have it planted in a half-circle garden on the East side of the gazebo surrounding a bird bath.  When the grape vines covering the gazebo are leafed out, this section is blocked from the afternoon sun.  Apparently that isn’t enough sun for the ajuga, which is gradually being taken over by wild strawberries and no amount of pulling or digging has been successful in dislodging them.  On the other side of the garden, the ajuga is thriving — almost too well.  It creeps out of its bed and blocks the stone path there.  Lesson learned.  When this ajuga has finished blooming, I’ll move it out to a more sunny locale.


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