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Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’

Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’

One of our favorite perennial plants to recommend for shaded areas of the garden are Ajuga. This week we will take a look at Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’. This variety has lovely tri-colored leaves that change over time, depending on the season. When the leaves first appear in spring, they are mostly green, creamy white, with a touch of pinkish rose. As the seasons progress, the more mature leaves turn a deep burgundy-bronze and the new leaves are rose. As with most Ajugas, they spread by underground stems (rhizomes), and over time, create a dense carpet. They can easily be divided if the plant becomes over crowded. Whorls of small blue flowers appear in late spring through summer.

‘Burgundy Glow’ is a bit slower growing than other varieties in this species, making it ideal to plant along a garden path or between pavers. Because it thrives in dry shade, it’s also a great choice to plant under large shade trees where grass is hard to establish. It is both Rabbit and Deer resistant, but the blue flowers attract beneficial pollinators such as Butterflies and Hummingbirds.

The Sunset Western Garden Book states that Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ performs well in Zones A2, A3, and 1-24. This outstanding groundcover is best planted in full shade in warmer inland climates, and either full or partial shade in coastal regions. We are currently growing ‘Burgundy Glow’ in 1 gallon containers. To see photos of these and many other plants we’re growing, visit our website and/or follow us on Instagram or Facebook @clearwatercolornursery.


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