Bugle is an undemanding and unspectacular plant – it spreads and creeps between bulbs or under tall plants. A low-growing perennial for moist and shady places – almost evergreen in most parts of the country. The blue flowers are borne in short spikes and are quite pretty but the main colour is derived from the leaves – both multicoloured and variegated forms are available. Not all varieties of Ajuga are carpeters – the non-creeping A. pyramidalis grows upright but reaches only 4 in.

VARIETIES: The creeping varieties of Bugle have been evolved from the wild flower A. reptans. The basic plant details are height 4-6 in., spacing 15 in,

Flowering period: May-August. Leaf colour separates the different types – ‘Variegata’ (leaves grey-green and cream), ‘Multicolor’ (leaves mottled bronze and red), Atropurpurea’ (leaves reddish purple) and ‘Burgundy Glow’ (leaves metallic bronze). A white-flowered form (’Alba’) is available.

SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do – thrives in sun and partial shade.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.

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