Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' - Jumbo Landscape Plugs Description
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip', also known as bugleweed, is a low-growing creeping groundcover. This particular selection is prized for its handsome evergreen foliage of deep burgundy-chocolate tones. During cooler weather, the plants turn quite dark and may lighten up somewhat during the heat of summer. Its mat-forming habit does a superb job suppressing weeds, so maintenance is a breeze!
'Chocolate Chip' ajuga forms a colorful 3" high carpet that is topped with dozens of 6" spikes of blue flowers in late spring and early summer. It can grow 8-12" wide in a season and up to 36" wide overall.
It is normally unbothered by deer and rabbits.
This foolproof hardy perennial groundcover will grow in both shade & sun in average soil with moderate moisture and good drainage. 'Chocolate Chip' fills in fast so should not be planted too close to a lawn or un-edged bed. Ajuga tolerates occasional foot traffic. Some websites recommend mowing after flowering, but we haven't found this necessary. Overall, it's a colorful, low maintenance plant and a terrific mulch substitute.
Ways to Use Ajuga
Beneath trees. Competes well with tree and shrub roots where other groundcovers fail. Their rugged disposition makes them ideal for banks and slopes as well as a turf substitute for small areas. Very nice planted between stepping stones
This low grower stays tidy all season long and can readily be combined with boxwood for an easy-care shade combination.
Containers. Foliage spills over the sides of a pot for an abundant, attractive look. Lovely in light colored contrasting containers. For an easy idea for all season container gardening plant thuja 'Emerald' in the center of the pot and surround with ajuga. This no-fuss combination looks stellar even in winter months where there is little else to enjoy.
Underplanting/Groundcover/Mulch Replacement. Consider ajuga as an alternative to mulch. Plant around ornamental grasses, hydrangeas, hellebores, or hostas.
Special features: Cold hardy, Deer resistant, Easy care, Evergreen, Fast growing, Fall color, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest, Pest resistant, Season extender
Our Jumbo Landscape Plug Trays are an economical way to cover large areas
We recommend 10" spacing for a quick fill; if you are looking for faster coverage, use the 8" spacing.
|Spacing||32 plugs will cover:|
|6"||8 sq ft|
|8"||14 sq ft|
|10"||22 sq ft|
|12"||32 sq ft|
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- Botanical name:
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'
- Common name:
Carpet Bugle, Bugleweed
- Sun exposure:
Sun,Part shade, Shade
- Ship form:
32-cell jumbo plugs
- Soil type:
- Soil moisture:
- Height x width:
3" X 12"
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
- Bloom season:
Alpine & rock, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Rock garden, Small spaces, Under planting
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
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Soil: Prefers moist soils, rich in organic matter, with good drainage; tolerates moderately dry ones. Avoid planting in wet, heavy soils, and provide good air circulation.
Light: Will grow in full sun or shade, but best foliage color usually occurs in part-sun locations (at least 3-4 hours of sun per day). The foliage will tend to be smaller when grown in full sun, but the plant will produce more flower spikes.
Water: Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils.
Spacing: Space plants 6-9” apart for prompt cover being careful not to plant too deeply. The crown should never be covered with soil or the plant will rot and die.
Fertilizing: Ajugas seldom need fertilizing. Over fertilizing can encourage crown rot.
Winterizing: No specific care needed
Maintenance & Pruning: Can be propagated by digging and dividing established clumps in the fall or early in the spring. About every third year, large, crowded groupings should be thinned out to reduce the chance of crown rot. Plants are very low maintenance, but may be cut back to the ground after flowering, if necessary, to rejuvenate the foliage. Large plantings may be mowed on a high mower setting to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy the appearance of the planting. Avoid planting adjacent to lawn areas since little islands of ajuga may start appearing in the grass. On variegated forms promptly remove any non-variegated leaves that may appear. This will prevent the plant from reverting back to it's original green form.
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