How to Grow Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' Plants in your Garden
Ajuga reptans Burgundy glow is commonly known simply as Burgundy glow or Bugleweed, and is a popular garden plant; often seen in planters or used as ground cover.
Burgundy glow plants grow well in US hardiness zones four through 11 (UK hardiness H7 – hardy even at temperatures below – 20°C (- 4°F)).
Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow makes a fantastic ground coverage plant, image by Jerzy Opioła; CC.
The leaves of the burgundy glow are a variegated deep green, pink, and purple (burgundy), and in the spring, carry a delicate blue flowers blossom.
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' photograph by Cob Lands.
These plants are relatively small, growing to only about 6 inches tall (15 cm), with a 6 to 12 inch spread (15 to 30 cm).
The flowers, however, grow on tall spikes, reaching about half a foot (15 cm) above the plant itself.
The leaves and flowers of this creeping perennial are quite dense, so burgundy glow is an excellent choice for filling blank spaces and for out-competing weeds.
Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Bugle Burgundy Glow
Although these plants are tolerant of a wide variety of sunlight conditions and can grow in both full sun or deep shade, the best colors will be achieved by planting them in areas that receive partial sunlight.
Too much sun can often cause the colors of the Ajuga reptans burgundy glow to fade.
It should be planted in soil that remains moist but drains well. Soil that stays quite wet can cause root rot and other health issues.
Because it's so low to the ground, Ajuga reptans is susceptible to crown rot. Keeping overcrowding to a minimum by spacing plants apart and ensuring that each plant has enough airflow can help to reduce this issue.
These plants grow quickly, but they can be trimmed after they flower. Dead flowers should also be removed.
Extra plants can be propagated from the division of rooted stems.
Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow Growing and Care Guide
Scientific Name: Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow
Common Name: Bugle burgundy glow
Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 9, UK: H7.
Life Cycle / Plant Type: Herbaceous, Perennial
Plant Height (Inches): 3 to 6
Plant Spread (Inches): 24 to 36
Time of Bloom: Mid spring to Mid summer
Flower Details: Blue
Leaf Foliage: Green, Purple, Silvery, Variegated
Growth Form: Prostrate, Spreading or horizontal
Ideal Growing Conditions
Best Light Conditions: shade to partial shade partial sun
Rate of Growth: Average pace
Suitable Soil Types: Adaptable, Clay, Loamy, Sandy, Well drained
Soil Moisture: Moist
Level of Maintenance: Low
Propagation: Division, separating rooted stems
How to Prune: Not usually required
Pests: Usually pest free
Diseases: Subject topowdery mildews
Tolerant of: Rabbit, Deer, Black Walnut
Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Ground cover, En masse , Rock garden, Woodland garden
Closely Related Species: Basil, Deadnettle, Lavender, Mint, Perilla, Sage, Thyme.