Ajuga (Bugleweed) Groundcover
I'm always anxious for spring to come and have my carpet of Ajuga bloom and fill the landscape with color.
These are very easy care plants, make for excellent ground cover and fill-in very fast, giving you a weed-proof barrier the first season you plant them
After the bloom die off, I simply set my mower deck to high and cut off the spent blooms. I'm then rewarded with the deep green and burgundy foliage for the balance of the growing season.
Ajuga - Propagation:
Ajuga is very easy to propagate. Simply select a healthy, large clump and pop it out of the ground with a garden spade.
You can then simply rip apart the plant into several division by gently tugging on the root and crown structure. Set the plants in the shade, moisten them and you can almost immediately plant them in the border.
As with all divisions, be sure to keep the tender division out ot the sunlight and wind, so they won't dry out. Ajuga roots are really find and will die very quickly unless cared for prior to planting time. You can choose to heal them in if you will not plant immediately.
The division will begin to grown very quickly and if divided in early spring, your border will be completely filled in by fall.
Ajuga - Uses in the Garden
I love to use Ajuga as a ground cover and believe me, they work very well in that capacity.
Do attempt to plant them in light shade though as that is where they will thrive.
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