Ajuga Black Scallop Ground Cover
Ajuga Black Scallop ground cover plants (Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’) are a great looking and very practical, use them in between larger plants and shrubs – especially along the edge of a flower bed or rockery.They are also great for wildlife areas where there early season flowers are popular with pollinating insects. Ajuga Black Scallop is effective planted with other Ajugas or Spring flowers that complement the brightly coloured flower spikes
These gorgeous dark leaved plants will quickly cover the soil without being invasive where their liquorice black foliage acts as an effective foil for the bright violet-blue flower spikes that appear during the spring and early summer.
For the best results with Ajuga Black Scallop ground cover plants, choose a site in sun or partial shade in any soil type that doesnt dry out and bake completely in the dry summer months, they appreciate just a little bit of moisture in the soil at all times. The best, darkest leaf colouration is always in full sun but this is still a great plant for slightly shadier conditions.
As a rough guide planting Ajuga Black Scallop as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
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How to grow Ajuga Black Scallop
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Soil and site: Any soil type, prefers a little moisture
Flowering time: Spring and summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 15cm x 60cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Aftercare: Water well until established, after the plants have settled in little maintenance is needed apart from dividing colinies and replanting after a few years if they become congested.