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Ajuga Ground Cover Plant in Gardening Gifts for the Home Gardener

Updated on March 11, 2016

Ajuga plant in bloom

Ajuga plant in bloom.
Ajuga plant in bloom. | Source


Ajuga is also known as bugleweed and makes an excellent ground cover. If you have ajuga growing in your yard or garden you probably already know that it makes excellent gardening gifts for other home gardeners you happen to know.

Why is this?

Besides the fact that it is hardy as well as pretty, it spreads rapidly therefore making it a prime candidate to thin out and give away as gifts.

Fellow gardeners are often very happy to share plants and it certainly is an economical way to save some money while beautifying one's home landscape.

When we moved into our current home there was a little bit of ajuga mixed in to the other planting beds in our back yard. In the five years that we have lived here, I have spread the ajuga to border garden beds in many places around our home.

Since we have a corner lot which is landscaped on all sides...that is a lot of garden beds!

Friends have also happily taken excess ajuga to plant in their home gardens. It is a nice feeling to be able to share living plants with people who also appreciate beautifying their outdoor spaces.

Ajuga groundcover plants

Ajuga in bloom in our home garden.
Ajuga in bloom in our home garden. | Source

Ajuga Ground Cover

Just look at the gorgeous flower stalk that appears in the Spring of the year!

These stalks which are approximately 6 to 8 inches tall show flower coloration that varies from shades of blue to purple.

It is the end of March as this is being written here in Houston, Texas and some of the flower stalks have already ended their blooming cycle while others are still emerging.

When the stalks little flowers have dried up, I simply cut the stalks off with a sharp serrated knife down to leaf level.

Most people purchasing ajuga do it for the ground cover effect. This show of color in the Spring is simply an added bonus to having ajuga or bugleweed in home gardens.


Ajuga in bloom

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Ajuga in bloom in our garden areas
Ajuga in bloom in our garden areas
Ajuga in bloom in our garden areas | Source


There are numerous choices when it comes to ground-covers and we have had other types such as monkey grass, liriope, and Asian jasmine.

Most all ground covers are planted for reasons varying from wanting to keep a hillside from becoming eroded; filling in bare spots in a garden; wanting perennials that are easy care or simply wanting to border a bed using the eye appeal of real plants in place of landscape timbers, bricks, rocks or other medium.

Ajuga 'Black Scallop'

Ajuga groundcover plants

Ajuga blooming in our backyard garden.
Ajuga blooming in our backyard garden. | Source

Some photo editing fun with the ajuga plant.

Close-up of ajuga in bloom using some photo editing...just for fun.
Close-up of ajuga in bloom using some photo editing...just for fun. | Source
Almost looks like a watercolor!
Almost looks like a watercolor! | Source
This one almost looks like a tapestry!
This one almost looks like a tapestry! | Source


Ajuga does best in shaded areas or partial sun. No special soil is required.

The leaves grow in a rosette formation and send out runners with small little plants spaced closely together on that runner. If those fine roots of the runners touch the soil, soon more ajuga plants will be growing. Ajuga can purposely be left to grow in a draping fashion spilling over the brim of a pot, stone wall or elsewhere where a trailing type of feature is desirable.

If one does not get the thinned ajuga plants from a fellow home gardener, and one has to purchase ajuga in a nursery, space your plants widely...a foot or foot and a half apart, because soon you will have a solid mat of ajuga and be able to transplant or give ajuga as gardening gifts to people you know.

If it is used as a border, you will want to keep it in check which is easily done as the runners sit on top of the soil and the new plants...even big established ones...have fairly shallow roots.

Throw a little soil over the runners with the fine roots...and voila! ajuga plant or bugleweed is soon established.

My husband and I have some ajuga planted around the base of a birdbath. When we freshen the water on a daily basis, we can actually step on the ajuga with no ill effects to the plants with the exception of the short time that they are in bloom. How many other plants can be treated like that and still look good?

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If you decide to plant ajuga ground cover in your outdoor landscape start thinking of other home gardeners that you know because within a few years you will have readily available gardening gifts for them right out of your very own home garden space. What could be easier or more pleasing than being able to give a gift of living and breathing plants that are hardy, perennial, serviceable and also pretty?

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      Peggy Woods 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      While it may not bloom this time of year, I have actually transplanted ajuga almost any time of the year in this climate. Of course right now in this heat it might not be the optimum time without having to do a lot of watering. Hope you are staying cool up there in northern Texas. At least the days of over 100 degrees are gone for this week at least. Hooray!!!

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      Too late to plant this beautiful ground cover this year, but anyone reading this can put it on their calendar for early next spring. I should think all purple lovers would want a patch of this . . .

      Pinned this to my 'Purple 5' board -- yup, I have 5 purple boards now, and they're all very popular. Also sharing with followers.

      It's been so hot lately that I haven't been able to sleep hardly at all. So looking forward to cooler temperatures -- they're cooler the last couple of days, but I'm talking about considerably cooler, like down in the 60s during the daytime. Hope all is well with you and that you've continued to be sensible about your yard work.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      Since ajuga is shallow rooted, if it starts growing into other areas, it is easy enough to pull. I have shared much of it with others for that very reason. It is hardy and especially pretty when in bloom. Nice that you also enjoy it in your gardening.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Ajuga does well in our area and though friends call it invasive, I love the varieties that are available and the fact that it is a hardy evergreen that can be used in so many ways. We were just talking about using more of it in the future to make upkeep simpler.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      These ajuga plants are pretty when they bloom, but for most of the year they just provide a nice ground cover. Thanks for the pin.

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