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Groundcover Review: Ajuga Underwhelms

Groundcover Review: Ajuga Underwhelms

A sweet little 3-inch ajuga plant back in May.

A sweet little 3-inch ajuga plant back in May.

In my quest for the best groundcover for zone 6b, I sampled Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'. I read that it liked part shade, so it’s situated where it gets morning sun and some shade from a nearby maple tree. I was used to seeing bugleweed spread obnoxiously, so I was surprised when it only doubled (maybe tripled) in size.

Looking at the next photo, you can tell that I expected the plant to spread further. I’m going to have to dig them up and plant them closer together next year!

The ajuga grew….but I definitely planted them too far apart. Whoops!

The ajuga grew….but I definitely planted them too far apart. Whoops!

The Verdict: I wouldn’t do a mass planting of this one.

The ajuga thrived, but it’s not the right look for my garden. While the chocolate chip variety added some interesting color, it’s definitely understated and it didn’t spread like I expected. Next spring, I’ll probably replant it closer together and move it under something taller to layer in more interest.

Update: The ajuga didn’t overwinter well.

It’s a good thing I wasn’t in love with the looks of the ajuga because only one plant survived the winter.

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