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Creeping bugle: a nice ground cover


Creeping bugle in summary :

Latin name : Ajuga reptans
Common name: Creeping Bugle
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Perennial

Harbor : Upholstery
Height : 15 to 20 cm
Planting density: 6 to 8 feet per m²
Exposure : Partial shade
Ground : Fresh and humus

Flowering : June to August

The creeping bugle is a plant living perennial. It quickly covers the ground with a pretty carpet of greenery that is adorned with beautiful purple flowers in summer. Particularly vigorous when it is well established, it is perfectly suited to beginner gardeners.

Planting the creeping bugle

TheAjuga reptans thrives in all types of soil. However, the latter must be cool, well-drained and humus-bearing. Even though it can tolerate full shade, the best exposure is still half-shaded.
When you have chosen the ideal place to plant your creeping bugle, just follow the following steps:

  1. Amend the earth by adding potting soil or well-decomposed compost.
  2. Work the soil about ten centimeters deep. The roots ofAjuga reptans will not go further.
  3. Plant your buckets by spacing them 40 cm. However, if you want a faster result, you can bring the plants closer together.
  4. Do a first watering generous.

Note that the best planting time is early fall.

Maintenance of theAjuga reptans

One of the many advantages of the creeping bugle is that it does not require almost no maintenance. Pruning is not necessary unless you find the withered flowers unsightly.
Finally, without being invasive, this ground cover perennial spreads easily. You may have to limit it to its growing area.

Multiplication

The ideal time to breed Creeping Bugle is in early fall. You can possibly do this in the spring, but then you will need to watch the watering.

The best technique to get new feet is to to divide the plant.

You don't have to tear it off completely for this. In fact, with the help of a spade fork or even a transplanter, it suffices to remove the seedlings rooted around the original foot. Then all that remains is to transplant your new plants by following our planting tips.

Diseases and pests:

The creeping bugle is not the target of pests or parasites. However, it can be sensitive to powdery mildew.

Employment and association

TheAjuga reptans is a plant that will do whatever you want, as long as you give it the conditions it needs to grow. You can thus use it to garnish the surroundings of a bed, to complete a mix-border or to embellish your rockeries. Note that it is also the ideal plant for garnish the feet of your trees and shrubs.

It can be associated with many other creeping perennials such as stonecrop, dead nettle, knotweed, houseleek, etc. It can also cover bulbous plants such as daffodils, snowdrops or even hyacinths.

Some interesting cultivars of creeping bugle

  • ‘Atropurpurea’ : its magnificent purple foliage creates interesting contrasts in beds or borders.
  • ‘Burgundy Glow’ : very original thanks to its variegated leaves of white and pink. This cultivar is a little less vigorous than the others.
  • ‘Alba’ : it differs from the others thanks to its white bloom.
  • ‘Multicolor’ : Like ‘Burgundy Glow’, it offers attractive foliage variegated with yellow and green. It spreads less than its congeners.

Video: What is a good ground cover than can be used in heavy shade? (October 2020).