Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'
We have a beautiful series of the evergreen perennial Ajuga reptans known as ‘Catlin’s Giant’ here at Clearwater Color. Interestingly, members of the Ajuga genus are also referred to as ‘bugleweed’ or ‘carpet bugle’! As a species, A. reptans spreads through runners, creating a mat of striking leaves that are oval to tongue-shaped and roughly 4 inches wide. The leaves of ‘Caitlin’s Giant’ are a unique shade of bronzy dark-green. From the foliage rise 8-inch spikes of deep blue-purple blooms. These cool colored flowers pair wonderfully with warmer colored wildflowers in a garden space.
The low growth habit and preference for shade makes Ajuga reptans a versatile groundcover. It performs excellently between stepping stones and is an ideal alternative to grass, particularly in shaded locations. A member of the mint family, Ajuga reptans has a tendency to spread quickly and will likely require maintenance through cutting back unwanted growth. To prevent Ajuga in your garden from growing uncontrollably, it is recommended that the plants be placed along solid edges, in containers, or in areas that get relatively more sun. Full sun is recommended in cooler climates only. As a final note on care, Ajuga prefers regular water and well-drained soil.
According to The New Sunset Western Garden Book, Ajuga can be grown in Climate Zones A2, A3, and 1-24. Our A. reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’ is in bud and bloom in gallon size pots. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call with questions about this plant or the many others we have! In the meantime, I encourage you to check out our website (clearwatercolor.com) and/or follow us on Instagram. Happy planting!