Try autumn-flowering Cyclamen hederifolium, with silvery markings on the leaves and pink and white flowers; Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost', with blue flowers in spring, and creeping Ajuga reptans
'Alba', with spikes of white flowers.
Bugle (Ajuga reptans
, Zones 3 to 9) is a plant known for its ability to heal wounds.
WITH its fancy tri-coloured, evergreen foliage in shades of wine red, dark green and cream, Ajuga reptans
'Burgundy Glow' is the best carpet bugle of all.
However, I am responsible for a few bits, and every year as they came up in the spring, I'd take snapshots to send to Maxine: the big plot of lilies-of-the-valley that grew from three slips I planted fifteen years ago; a fierce colony of Ajuga reptans
(a mint with pretty white to pale to deep purple phenotypical variation) that thrives in the absence of weedkiller; and a dozen yellow borage ringed with bricks.
"Multicolor" is a bugle whose cream, pink and purple splashed leaves carpet the ground.
'Multicolor' is a bugle whose cream, pink and purple splashed leaves carpet the ground.
Despite the existence of the black alder in these facies of the ash woodlands, they differ from the latter by the presence of many plants that are absent or are very rare in them, such as Ajuga reptans
, Cardamine impatiens, Castanea sativa, Erica arborea, Heracleum sphondylium, Holcus mollis, Hyacinthoides nonscripta, Ilex aquifolium, Mercurialis perennis, Oxalis acetosella, Polypodium vulgare, Primula acaulis, Quercus robur, Ranunculus tuberosus, Ruscus aculeatus, Sorbus aucuparia, Ulmus glabra, Vaccinium myrtillus, Valeriana montana and Woodwardia radicans, but are very common in the ash tree woodlands as a whole (Table 7).
Phytoecdisteroid production by Ajuga reptans
Nectar-rich plants such as cowslip (Primula veris), bugle (Ajuga reptans
), lavender and honesty flowers will also encourage them in.
Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans
) is another good ground cover, which will form a thick, weed resistant glossy carpet in a year in a partly shady, slightly damp situation.
Sprenger and Keller (2000) identified two cDNAs for GaS in Ajuga reptans
L., a frost-hardy evergreen labiate.
Ground covers (all perennial) Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans
) Kennickinnick (Arctostaphylos uni-ursa) Irish moss (Arenaria verna) Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) Blue fescue (Fastuva ovina glauca) Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) Salal (Gaultheria shallon) Lydia broom (Genista lydia) Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) -- Shaded areas only.