Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionBlack Scallop Bugleweed (Ajuga) brings unique texture and colors to your garden with crinkled, near-black leaves. During cooler weather, they turn quite dark and may lighten up somewhat during the heat of summer. Spikes of bright blue flowers add an extra pop of color as they bloom in the late spring and early summer. This ground cover grows as a thick mat, suppressing weeds and leaving garden maintenance a breeze! Thankfully, deer aren't as fond of this plant as we are, so no need to worry about excessive deer damage.
This ajuga will look perfect nearly anywhere it's planted, including beneath trees, in containers, or on banks and slopes. It grows well under sun, part-sun, and shade. For the darkest leaves, make sure it gets a few hours of sun!DetailsBotanical name:Ajuga 'Black Scallop' Patent #: USPP 15,815 Common name: Bugleweed, carpet bugle, bugle, ground pine, carpenter's herb Zone: 3-9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun), part-sun (4-6 hours sun), shade (< 4 hours sun) Soil type: Average Soil moisture: Average Height x width: 3" x 12" Flower color: Blue Foliage color: Near-black Season of interest: Late spring Bloom time: Spring, summer Features: Rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, ground covers, deer resistant, cold tolerant, best r beginners Uses: Container gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spaces, erosion control, fire-scaping, woodland garden
How To GrowSoil: Prefers moist soils with good drainage but tolerates moderately dry conditions. Favors acidic soils with a pH in the range of 3.7 to 6.5. Light: Will grow in full sun or shade, but the best foliage color usually occurs in part-sun locations (at least 3-4 hours of sun per day). Water: Easily grown in average soils. Spacing: Space plants 6-9" apart, but be careful to not plant too deep. The crown should never be covered with soil, or the plant may rot. Fertilizing: Ajugas seldom need fertilizing. Over-fertilizing can encourage crown rot. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Maintenance & pruning: Every couple of years, thin out crowded groupings to reduce the chance of crown rot. Pruning is not required but can be done to rejuvenate foliage after flowering. Larger plantings may be mowed if they become unruly. Plants can be propagated by dividing established clumps in the fall or early spring.
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Ground Covers for Suppressing Weeds
Fight plants with plants and transform your garden into a lush landscape in the process.
My landscaping project was delayed and a number of plants were very unhappy sitting in their small containers waiting to be planted. Once I got the bugleweed in the ground it took off! I can't get over how amazing it looks with the very dark leaves. It immediately produced beautiful blue flowers. Very happy with this little plant and will get more for other areas of my garden.
Black scallop Bugleweed Thrives
My plants are thriving. I planted them a few weeks ago, and they are growing already. They package the plants extraordinarily well, and give good planting instructions
'Black Scallop' Bugleweed
E.B. (North Carolina)
Beautiful & Healthy
These plants are stunning, and they started to grow and spread immediately after they were planted. Very pleased!
The black scallops are doing pretty well however, only one of the azaleas lived and all were planted and watered the same