Need help deciding on an Ajuga for a ground cover!

linnea56(z5 IL)April 25, 2014

I looked on groundcovers, but it seems like that is not a very active forum.

I am looking for a groundcover for a morning sun area. I've settled on Ajuga: but which one?

I saw Ajuga Mahogany at a botanic garden.

(I have Ajuga Chocolate Chip in another garden, and have not been that impressed with it. It has not filled in at all. It also has narrow leaves, which I do not like much. )

But the A. Mahogany was short (~ 3") and very full, with rounded textured leaves, which I liked. It is also a brownish purple that would go GREAT with the heucheras I have. The flowers are secondary: it's the color and shape of the foliage that matters most. That garden is all about contrasting foliage colors, with gold, burgundy, and purple, so the darker the ajuga is, the better.

I will need a lot, so am looking for a place that sells it in quantities of a dozen or more. I have not been able to find Ajuga Mahogany in bulk.

A bareroot field grown nursery I've used before offers only 1 ajuga, which is "atropurpurea". I am having a hard time finding photos of this to compare. I did find Ajuga Black Scallop in bulk. It looks like I will be able to save a lot of money if I go with A. atropurpurea, but don't want to be disappointed if the color is more green than purple/brown, or if it has skinny leaves, as Chocolate Chip does.

If anyone grows any of these and can compare and make suggestions, I'd appreciate it. Thank you!

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ryseryse_2004

You might check classygroundcovers.com and see if they carry it. They have all sorts of ground covers at very affordable prices and they do sell in bulk.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 10:39AM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

At least for our climate, you're deciding once and for all. Ajuga will spread into your lawn and be virtually impossible to eradicate in a couple years, but that makes it a good ground cover too (lol).

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 9:10AM
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