Ajuga (Ajuga reptans) is the most common Ajuga in my garden (and likely in most gardens). Its ground-hugging rosettes of green leaves have hint of dark purple near their base. It will slowly creep out, forming a dense mat that looks nice under taller plants. As an added bonus, mine typically produces short, purple bloom stalks in the spring.
This is my first year to try Catlin's Giant Ajuga (Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'). The leaves are significantly larger than those of regular Ajuga, but have the same growth pattern. However, the leaves are completely green - lacking the purple highlights found in the previous version. Will have to wait until spring to see if it blooms nicely.
Of my Ajugas, Burgundy Glow Ajuga (Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow') has the greatest amount of eye-catching "pop" in the garden. The light green leaves coupled with purple inner growth really shines in the shady locations. It doesn't seem to grow as thickly as the other Ajuga varieties, but still looks very nice as it winds in and out of the larger established plants.
Another new Ajuga I'm trying this year is Chocolate Chip Ajuga (Ajuga reptans 'Valfredda'). This one has tiny leaves that form a thick mat. The center of its leafy rosettes tend to have the typical purplish cast found in most varieties. I have planted this variety over my Red Spider Lilies - which are now pushing up through them as I had hoped.
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Planted in the Ground:
- White Margin Snow Rose (Serissa foetida 'Improved'): Transplanted; was struggling to get enough water, so moved it deeper into the shade.
- Friendship Plant (Billbergia nutans): Two new plantings (made from splitting a single packed one gallon pot) added to backyard near path or deck - so that its flowers will be close enough to appreciate.
- Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana): Transplanted to new location (others likely to soon follow); was near path but looked scruffy most of the year - so placing further from path to still get some flower color but be less noticeable rest of the time (not pictured).
Planted in Pots:
- Star Begonia (Begonia heracleifolia): Transplanted from the ground to a pot; just couldn't recover enough from winter freezes to accomplish much; decided to improve its chances by protecting it in the winter.