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Jun 2, 2017 7:57 AM CST
I recently planted carpet bugleweed - catlin's giant. The plants are about 4-6 inches in diameter and planted about 18 inches apart. I'm using these for ground cover in a garden which has some beautiful healthy rhododenrums that are about 4 feet tall.
I am in the mid-atlantic area, zone 7. The ground is mostly clay and well mulched with lots of worms (so I assume it's decent soil) and receives morning sun as it is north facing.
The question is, how long will it take for these plants to fill in, and should there be any worry about them choking out my rhododenrums?
How can I make it grow faster?
We also use fish heads and coffee grounds as fertilizer in this garden, is this ok to continue?
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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Jun 2, 2017 9:09 AM CST
Hi Scapula, Welcome!

I don't know a thing about Ajuga but Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant') sure is a pretty one and with it's apparent size, I don't think you have to worry about it choking out your Rhododendrons.

Hopefully others will be able to give info on how quickly you can expect it to spread and fill in.
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