True to her name, Caitlin's Giant is much larger than other Ajuga (commonly called Bugleweed) and she does not disappoint.
If you are looking for a low-maintenance,
ground cover that promises constant pops of colorful foliage and beautiful flowers that beckon
you'll want to take a good look at Caitlin's Giant.
She tends toward
until her root system is fully established at which point she takes off spreading and covering your garden with low rosettes of large,
purple-bronze foliage. Arriving in early spring, her deep
flower spikes climb between 8-10 inches and continue their show into early summer.
Though Caitlin's Giant loves
given an average, medium wet, well-drained soil, and at least a bit of shade in southern zones, Caitlin will thrive.
And the bottom line is that gardeners just can't resist the constant color of her large foliage.
General information about Ajuga (Bugleweed):
Ajuga reptans (commonly called Bugleweed) is noted for her striking range of foliage, colors, and textures. In mass plantings, the blanket of blue flowers is simply stunning. Because of her attractive tri-color foliage and spikes of blue flowers in spring, she is a frequent choice for planting under roses. A superb
Ajuga creates a mat of semi-evergreen to
foliage that remains attractive all year round. She is also sought out because it is one of the few groundcovers that will grow
under walnut trees.
Growing Ajuga under trees offers gardeners who prefer not to mow under them because of the danger of large root systems a lovely solution to covering their ground. Because Ajuga will grow in shady areas, she is a terrific option for spots where grasses often fail to thrive. This makes her a perfect choice to replace turf grass, and even for growth on banks, slopes, and under shrubs. This is a plant most gardeners won’t do without.
Things to Note
The foliage color will be less vibrant in areas with no direct sunlight. For example, the Black Scallop and Bronze Beauty will be greener and the Burgundy Glow will have less burgundy.
Be aware that
cultivars such as Black Scallop are hybridized or
and occasionally she will
Watch out for any emerging green shoots. Immediately weed any such shoots out since they are much more vigorous than the variegated plant and will take over the clump.
Speaking of foliage, keep in mind that the more direct sun Ajuga receives the more depth of color her foliage maintains. Plants such as Black Scallop or Bronze Beauty will become more green and Burgundy Glow will be less burgundy with less sunlight.
The leaves and young shoots of Ajuga cultivars are
(but a bit bitter) and add contrasting color to salads.
03/24/2021 They arrived in great shape, I have already 150 and waiting for the rain to stop so I can plant the rest. I only need about 500 to 800 more!
09/22/2020 I recently ordered 25 Catlin's Giant and 25 Black Scallop ajuga plants because I wasn't sure which I would like best. Both were perfect for my shady area, and the plants were exceptional. At some point during shipment, the boxes had been turned... Read full review >
09/17/2020 Purchased 25 plants. Most of them had broken leaf stems. Other than that the plants themselves were in good condition. The roots are well established and the plants (other than the broken leaf stems) were also in good condition.
06/05/2020 The plants arrived in perfect condition and very quickly from the time they were shipped. The roots were well developed and white with plenty of moisture. I could not ask for better looking plants and swift service. I will be buying more.
05/23/2020 I ordered 75 of these to replace the ones that the ones that my landscapers had mistaken for weeds last year. They arrived quickly and mostly in good condition. There were 4 or 5 that were a little crushed, so I didn’t plant them in case they... Read full review >
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If desired, in order to rejuvenate the foliage, cut it back to the ground after flowering. Mow large areas of bugleweed with a lawn mower; however, in small patches, trim plants back with pruning shears or a weed trimmer.
Does well in full shade, but its best foliage color is in part-sun locations (at least 3-4 hours of sun per day).
Tolerates full sun in southern zones with ample moisture. Prefers loamy, well-drained soil but tolerates moderately dry ones. Avoid situations where it is wet for extended periods.
Do not plant Ajuga too deep, the very top of the root is best left above soil level.
Do not overwater, let the top 2" of soil dry out before watering. Do not let it stay bone dry for extended periods, but Ajuga likes air to reach their roots and too much water hampers that.
In areas where spreading is not desired, trim back the runners before they take root or prune ruthlessly once a year.
Requires good drainage.
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