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  1. Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

    Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

    Sweetflag, Golden dwarf

    This grassy-leaved sweet flag cultivar is a dwarf plant which looks like a grass or small iris, but is actually a member of the acorus family. It has insignificant flowers and is grown primarily as a ground cover or accent. Features iris-like tufts of narrow, grass-like, variegated leaf blades (6-12" tall and 1/4" wide) which are striped with yellow and green but primarily appear as yellow. Tufts slowly spread by creeping roots to form a dense ground cover. Foliage is sweetly fragrant. Inconspicuous, sedge-like flower spikes (with spadixes to 3" long) of tiny, densely-packed, greenish-yellow flowers appear in late spring to early summer. Flowers give way to tiny fleshy berries. Commonly called grassy-leaved sweet flag because of the aromatic, grass/iris-like foliage.
    $9.99
  2. Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus'

    Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus'

    Sweetflag, Variegated Grassy-leaved

    A. g. ‘Variegatus’ is commonly called variegated Japanese rush, dwarf sweet flag or grassy-leaved sweet flag. It is a semi-evergreen, marginal aquatic perennial that features grass- to iris-like tufts of narrow, variegated leaf blades (1/4” wide) which are striped with white and green and fan upward to 6-12” tall. It thrives in wet soils and is commonly grown in water gardens and boggy areas as a foliage accent or ground cover. Although it looks like a grass or small iris, it is actually a member of the acorus family. Insignificant, sedge-like flower spikes (2-3” long spadixes without showy spathes) are densely packed with tiny greenish flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer. Flowers give way to tiny fleshy berries. Tufts slowly spread by creeping roots to form a dense ground cover. Foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised.
    $9.99
  3. Adiantum capillus-veneris

    Adiantum capillus-veneris

    Fern - Southern Maidenhair

    Southern maidenhair fern is a deciduous, clumping fern with a drooping habit that grows to 12-18” tall and slowly spreads by short creeping rhizomes. It features bipinnate to tripinnate fronds with wiry, black stems that are distinctively arching to pendent. Small pinnae (each to 1/2” long) are fan-shaped, having wedge-shaped bases and irregular lobing at the apex. Sori (spores) appear in summer on the reflexed pinnae undermargins. It is similar in appearance to northern maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum), except among other things its fronds are unforked. Soft delicate finely textured foliage is attractive in woodland areas.
    $9.95
  4. Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'

    Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'

    Bishop's Weed

    This variegated goutweed is one of the most popular ground covers for quickly covering large areas. Will rapidly form a continuous mound of attractive foliage typically growing to 8" tall with an indefinite spread. Unfortunately, once it gets going, it acts like the proverbial snowball going downhill and can be difficult to contain. 'Variegatum' is less aggressive than the species, however. Variegated, biternate to triternate basal foliage is light green with creamy white margins. Individual leaflets (to 3" long) are oval and serrated. Tiny white flowers appear in flat-topped, dill-like inflorescences (umbels) which are typical of the parsley/carrot family. Flowers appear above the foliage in May-June, but are not particularly attractive and are often sheared off by gardeners where practicable.
    $7.95
  5. Ajania pacifica

    Ajania pacifica

    Ajania

    Native to central and eastern Asia, this ajania (sometimes commonly called gold and silver chrysanthemum) is a mound-forming, rhizomatous perennial that is noted for its attractive variegated foliage in spring and summer. It typically forms a dense foliage mound to 18-24” tall that spreads over time by rhizomes to as much as 36” wide. During much of the growing season, this plant serves as an excellent ground cover featuring lobed, ovate, silver-margined leaves (to 2” long). Undersides of the leaves are also silvery. Some gardeners grow this plant primarily for its foliage. Autumn bloom features numerous small, button-like, yellow flowers that appear in corymbs. Flowers are not as showy as florists’ chrysanthemums.
    $8.95
  6. Ajuga pyramidalis 'Mettalica Crispa'

    Ajuga pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'

    Bugleweed, 'Mettalica Crispa'

    An excellent variety with deep bronze-purple foliage. The metallic appearance develops best in full sun and is most pronounced on the mature leaves in late summer. From mid to late spring, short spikes of blue flowers stand upright above the low, spreading foliage. The effect is stunning when planted en masse. A. reptans is a quickly spreading, evergreen groundcover that can grow in the shade of large trees where grass is hard to establish. It also fits nicely into rock gardens and mixed container plantings. Unlike many perennials that are grown only for their flowers, ajuga is prized for its attractive, colorful foliage that looks nice all year.
    $3.99
  7. Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'

    Ajuga reptans 'Binblasca'

    Bugleweed, 'Black Scallop'

    Black Scallop Ajuga is a stoloniferous, mat-forming, bugleweed cultivar that is noted for its (1) dark maroon-purple leaves with scalloped margins, (2) fragrant dark violet flowers and (3) compact but spreading habit. Leaves are varyingly described as dark maroon-purple to near black, which gets the point across that these leaves are in fact very dark in color. Leaves appear in spreading rosettes that form a 3-4” tall foliage carpet that may spread over time to 36” wide. Tiny, two-lipped, dark violet flowers (typical mint family) appear in spring in flower spikes that rise above the foliage.
    $4.99
  8. Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin'

    Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin'

    Bugleweed, 'Blueberry Muffin'

    An extremely vigorous small-leaved groundcover with dark new leaves and blueberry-blue flowers on eight inch spikes. A much faster and stronger grower than A. 'Chocolate Chip'. Leaves are thicker and more weather resistant.
    $4.99
  9. Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty'

    Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty'

    Bugleweed, 'Bronze Beauty'

    Beautiful blue-purple flower spikes rise above wavy, rich green and metallic burgundy foliage. This vigorous spreading plant forms lush, low-growing mats. An excellent plant for rock gardens, edging for borders, or as an adaptable ground cover.
    $3.99
  10. Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

    Bugleweed, 'Catlin's Giant'

    This bugleweed cultivar is a dense, rapidly spreading ground cover which features low rosettes of large, bronze-green foliage and whorls of blue flowers on spikes up to 8" tall. Flowers appear in April-May. Does very well in shady areas where grass will not grow, but is stoloniferous and can spread aggressively. Dense foliage will choke out weeds. Not particularly tolerant of foot traffic.
    $4.49
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Special thanks to Missouri Botanical Gardens, Walters Gardens and Wikipedia – for plant information and photos.