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Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant



Bronze/purple foliage and spikes of blue flowers

One of the best groundcover plants for a shady spot, with its large, dark, evergreen leaves, flushed purple and bronze. In early spring short spikes of blue flowers emerge much loved by early bumblebees and pollinating insects.


Perfect for edging a shady path or at the front of a border, a good choice for containers too. Lovely planted with spring flowering bulbs.


Happy in any moist soil, although once established it can happily cope with dry spells. Water in well after planting. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.

Catlin's Giant' has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit reserved for plants of outstanding excellence.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September