Sigh. I'm back to work now and barely have time to garden let alone blog about it. Summer days are numbered and I still have a lot to do! In addition to the persicaria and bittersweet I picked up at GreenGate's wine and cheese event a couple of weeks ago, I also got a couple new plants for the front Shade Garden which I haven't told you about yet.
I've never grown ajuga before, and I don't know why, because it is such a cool and versatile plant. I've recommended it to plenty of other people so I figured it was time to try it out myself. It has great texture and is a low maintenance ground cover in sun or shade. It comes in lots of cool foliage colours as well, this particular one 'Black Scallop' being black and shiny. Above it can be seen with pulmonaria and golden creeping jenny, the latter of which I will probably be phasing out to other areas of the garden as the ajuga gets bigger.
I've also been meaning for quite a while to get more lamiastrum to go all the way across the front of the bay window here, in order to better connect the garden to the house. Lamiastrum is one of the few plants that is tolerant of dry shade, plus its variegated foliage really brightens up dark places. This garden area is under a spruce tree (which can't get much drier or shadier!) and my existing lamiastrum is big and healthy. There are now 4 tiny little new plants on the right that will eventually fill in and be as big as the ones to the left.
To see this garden and these plants at other times of the year, click here.