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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DescriptionThe bold burgundy- and chocolate-colored foliage of Chocolate Chip Bugleweed (Ajuga) steals the spotlight from other garden ground covers. Spikes of bright-blue blooms in late spring and early summer accompany the bold evergreen foliage to give your garden an eclectic vibe. This foolproof perennial groundcover will make gardening a breeze by suppressing weeds as it spreads through your garden. It's so low maintenance; nearly all you have to do is plant and enjoy!
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' can be planted in containers, on slopes, beneath trees, and in small spaces. It looks especially lovely when grown around rocks or stepping stones. If you're looking to add an easy and unique twist to your garden, this plant is perfect for you. Plus, who could say no to chocolate chips?
Buying landscape plugs? Here is how much area they will cover:
6" spacing of 32 landscape plugs covers 6 sq feet
8" spacing covers 7.5 sq feet
10" spacing covers 11 sq feet
12" spacing covers 16 sq feet
DetailsBotanical name:Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' (also known as 'Valfredda') Common name: Bugleweed, carpet bugle, bugle, ground pine, carpenter's herb
Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun), part-sun (4-6 hours sun), shade (< 4 hours sun) Soil type: Average Soil Moisture: Average to moist Height x width: 3" x 12" Flower color: Dark blue and violet Foliage color: Burgundy and chocolate Season of interest: Late spring Bloom time: Spring, summer Features: Rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, ground covers, deer resistant, cold tolerant, best for beginners Uses: Container gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, stepping stones, small spaces, slopesHow 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.
Did You Know?
Ground Covers for Suppressing Weeds
Fight plants with plants and transform your garden into a lush landscape in the process with these ground covers.
I received the chocolate chip bugleweed ground cover. The plants were so healthy and the packaging was wonderful. My plants are loving their new home and can't wait for it to spread to choke our my weeds
t. (North Carolina)
Bought about 10 of these plants. I live in Zone 7b and they are thriving. doing exactly what I expected and spreading to create groundcover. I do thin them out a bit to contain them -- but they are the easiest happiest little plants I have ever used. I am going to try to save some money and divide them to use in different beds.
So far so good!
I bought 32 landscape plugs for barren spot under a tree by my mailbox. Hopefully they thrive and spread. They arrived looking nice and healthy.
T.G. (North Carolina)
I would like to order more for spring.
Flowered quickly, arrived in great condition
I know the quality of a shipped item is more a reflection on the transportation company than the company you buy the product from, I feel it necessary to mention that my plants arrived in great condition. There was a lot of care put into making sure they arrived in good condition. I bought 4 plants, 2 of them started flowering just 2 weeks after I planted them. I’m a big fan of this company.