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Growing Together, Issue # 76
May 27, 2013

Buggleweed Plant - Member of Ajuga specie

Weclome to the May issue of landscape solutions Growing Together Newsletter. As always, I would like to welcome our new subscribers. Glad to have the rest of you back this month. This month I wanted to share with you a popular ground cover, Buggleweed. This plant is a member of the the Ajuga family.

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Buggleweed grows well in zones three through nine. It can take full sun or part shade. In the warmer zones, it will thrive better in more shade. This family is very easy to grow. Loves well drained soil, and should be planted 8 to 10 inches apart. The photo above is the of Ajuga reptan species. Another variety is the Ajuga pyramidalis. The retpan is known more for its foliage. The pyramidalis ignites a garden with blue spiked flowers. The flowers mature to around six inches. The plant got its name as the flowers resemble a buggle.

This is a great specie to do mass planting. The flat leaves form mat, or similar to a shield, and helps detract weeds from coming through. Great ground cover, as well as borders in different style gardens. Many times you will see the Ajuga plant in natural settings. A rock garden is perfect for this plant. The plant will cascade over the rocks. They do well if you divide them in spring and fall.

I have planted the Buggleweed for many of my clients in the past. One aspect of this plant I like to mention, it does have medicinal value, as well as eating. The shoots compliment a salad. Buggleweed has been known to help heal bruises and wounds. It also can be used for throat irritation, and mouthwash. Many years ago it was given for jaundice and any obstructions in the liver or spleen. Of course, I always recommend talking to your doctor, or do extensive research on any herb before you put it into your system.

As you begin to plan or weed your gardens and landscapes, think about the Buggleweed as an option for a ground cover. Ideas to use with this specimen are variegated evergreen shrubs, such as the mop cypress, or Confetti Abelia. The Chinese Pizazz, a part of the Loropetalum family, can bring out the purple tone leaves in the Metallica Crispa variety. This is a great family to enhance the beauty of your gardens. The Buggleweed can also be used in container gardens. Hope this article gives you a little insights on this wonderful ground cover and plant family.


Tip For The Month

Identifying fungus and diseases has been mentioned before. I want to reiterate the importance of learning about these two as a prevention to your plant investment. This goes for ground, container, and indoor gardens. Periodically check on the leaves and branches of all your plants. If you have a large garden area, walk around and inspect the plants. Look for white or black spots. Changes in the color of the branches. If a specimen looks different, do the scratch test. Take a small knife and scratch the surface of a branch. If it is green, the plant is alive, and may be in a little shock. If the branch is brown, it very well could have the beginnings of disease or fungus. Read up on safe fungicides, and other chemicals to bring your speicmens back to help. Prevention now, will save you money and frustration later.


Thought For The Month

This is a personal food for thought this month. In the next month or so, Tom and I will become first time grandparents. It is a very special time for our family. You see, we are not getting twins, but each of our daughter's are in their eighth month of pregnancy. Our oldest is having a boy, and our youngest is having a girl. We so look forward to the two miracles that will happen in our family.

In a similar way, take a look at all your plants. When new leaves and flowers emerge, think of the leaves and flowers as a miracle from nature.

Have a great June, and for those of you celebrating Memorial Day here in the states, be safe and have fun. I look forward to being with you again at the end of June. Thank you all for joining me this month.

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