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Old 06-27-2016, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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You do understand that it is normally around 3-5 inches tall, right?

Yes, you can clip it to shorter than that, but I don't know why you'd want to! One of the main points of a ground cover planting is to avoid the frequent maintenance required by grass.
Yeah 3-5 inches is fine. I just have this small space between my neighbors driveway and my house and i didn't want to plant anything too big to be rude. I suppose if i clip it every now and again it shouldn't grow too wild.
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:15 PM
 
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I LOL'ed when I saw the term "leggy" being applied to 'Burgundy Glow' ajuga.

The only thing that could remotely be called "leggy" about this plant (and this would be remote) would be the flower stalks, but the 3-5 inches really only applies to the flower stalks, which appear in spring and are absolutely gorgeous. When they are finished blooming they are still pretty because of their form (if you ever seen one you will understand), but I think it may be best to cut them down as soon as the blue flowers are gone because I've found a lot of seedlings in my beds that do not look like their parents....although I do have the plain green in shade/purple in sun kind around also, so maybe that's where those are coming from.

BG ajuga is one of my most favorite plants of all time. It's the greatest ground cover ever, where it's happy. I have it in several spots all around my yard. It spreads nicely but not aggressively and is easy to just pull up if it spreads where you don't want it. Then you can put the pulled-up plants somewhere else!

Seriously, do a google images search so you will get a better idea of exactly how these things grow. Be sure to put the Burgundy Glow part in there, because there are several different kinds of ajuga.
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Ajuga may be invasive and best in a pot. Would you consider these?:
asarum canadense christmas fern (well-drained acid soil)
ostrich fern persicaria virginiana (lots of cultivars)
Hayes starburst hydrangea
Heuchera americana (marvelous marble?)

If you have sun and the area is reasonably moist, you may want to consider:
Thuja occidentalis (cultivars such as pancake, mr. bowling ball, fire chief, danica, anna's magic ball)

This grows for me in both somewhat moist soil and well-drained soil in full sun and part afternoon sun. Supposedly it likes full sun and well drained soil:
Phlox subulata
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I LOL'ed when I saw the term "leggy" being applied to 'Burgundy Glow' ajuga.

The only thing that could remotely be called "leggy" about this plant (and this would be remote) would be the flower stalks, but the 3-5 inches really only applies to the flower stalks, which appear in spring and are absolutely gorgeous. When they are finished blooming they are still pretty because of their form (if you ever seen one you will understand), but I think it may be best to cut them down as soon as the blue flowers are gone because I've found a lot of seedlings in my beds that do not look like their parents....although I do have the plain green in shade/purple in sun kind around also, so maybe that's where those are coming from.

BG ajuga is one of my most favorite plants of all time. It's the greatest ground cover ever, where it's happy. I have it in several spots all around my yard. It spreads nicely but not aggressively and is easy to just pull up if it spreads where you don't want it. Then you can put the pulled-up plants somewhere else!

Seriously, do a google images search so you will get a better idea of exactly how these things grow. Be sure to put the Burgundy Glow part in there, because there are several different kinds of ajuga.
Thanks! This made me feel much better about planting!
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:16 AM
 
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Ajuga may be invasive and best in a pot.
The old kind, the kind that is purple in sun but plain green in shade, can be sort of invasive. But my 'Burgundy Glow' has spread nicely without being invasive at all. It's the greatest plant....
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