A wise man once said:
"Not all plants can be heroes. We need some to do the dirty work like fill in tough areas and/or suppress weeds. If they bloom and look nice, then all the better".
Who said it? Well that would be ... yours truly. And I just made it up as I typed this paragraph. Maybe some day someone else will use this riveting quote and I can tell my grandchildren about it. A man can only dream.
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' owns the distinction of being the plant I have the most of in my garden to date; about 35-40 last time I counted:
This groundcover is so easily divided in spring/summer/fall that I only had to purchase three of these and all others are subsequent divisions. Some other bits of info for you:
- Typically 3-4" tall and 12-18" wide. It is a dwarf/miniature ajuga and "knock on wood", doesn't appear to be too invasive like the rest of their kin.
- Can be grown in zones 4-9.
- Here in New Jersey, zone 6B, it blooms in May and puts on one mother of a show:
- Does fine in full sun where for me, it tends to lean more green:
- And works in half sun/half shade where the better "chocolate" foliage shines through:
- Is deer and rabbit resistant.
- While this bugleweed prefers well draining soil, I can attest to the fact it has survived serious water logged soil the past two winters.
- In the late spring, I cut back the fading blooms and the foliage eventually takes center stage:
- I like to think it offers three seasons of interest as it still looks good when the frosts hit in mid to late Autumn:
While most of my Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' plants are young (2-3 years), they are already filling in empty spaces in the front of my garden beds with ease. Most importantly, they are successfully choking out the weeds like a champ. Give it another year or two, and I'll have 100 of these. Yes, I like them that much.