Party Colors Bugleweed

Ajuga reptans 'Party Colors'

Family: Bugleweed

Type: Perennial

Other Common Name: Carpet Bugle

Party Colors Bugleweed is a vibrant, low-growing perennial that’s perfect for adding a splash of color to gardens. Its unique foliage transitions from green to burgundy, complemented by lovely purple flowers.

In landscaping, this plant offers an easy-care ground cover that thrives in partial to full shade. Its dense growth habit suppresses weeds, making it an ideal choice for low-maintenance gardens.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 3a-9b

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Partial shade to shade


Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 0.5

Average Spread (feet): 1.5

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Spreading


Flower Color: Blue

Secondary Flower Color: Pink, white

Bloom Season: From late spring to early summer

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Round

Landscaping Your Yard With Party Colors Bugleweed

Incorporating Party Colors Bugleweed into your landscape design can create a stunning, colorful ground layer. It’s great for filling gaps between larger plants or under trees.

This plant pairs well with other shade-loving perennials, creating a diverse and attractive garden bed. Consider using it along walkways or borders for a continuous ribbon of color.

For a dramatic effect, group large swathes of Party Colors Bugleweed. Its color-changing leaves provide a dynamic visual throughout the seasons.

Suitable Garden Styles

Woodland Garden

In a woodland garden, Party Colors Bugleweed adds a beautiful understorey layer. Its tolerance for shade and naturalistic look blend seamlessly with ferns and tall trees, enhancing the forest-like ambiance.

Formal Garden

In formal garden settings, this plant serves as a striking ground cover. Its neat growth habit and colorful foliage complement structured plantings, topiaries, and manicured paths.

Cottage Garden

Party Colors Bugleweed brings whimsical charm to cottage gardens. Its vibrant leaves and purple flowers mix well with other perennials, creating a lush, informal, and colorful tapestry.

Landscaping Ideas

Create a low border along pathways with Party Colors Bugleweed for a striking contrast against the hardscaping. Its compact growth habit makes it ideal for this purpose.

Mix it with bulbs like daffodils and tulips. The emerging flowers will pop against the Bugleweed’s colorful foliage in spring.

For container gardening, this plant offers a fantastic spill-over effect. Combine it with other shade-loving plants for a stunning display.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Party Colors Bugleweed bursts into life with fresh green leaves, often edged in burgundy. The contrast of new growth against last season's foliage adds depth to your garden.


During summer, the plant is in full glory with deep burgundy leaves and vibrant purple flowers. It creates a lush carpet of color, perfect for brightening shady areas.


In the fall, Party Colors Bugleweed's foliage intensifies, with deeper hues of red and purple. It provides a warm, inviting look as temperatures drop.


Even in winter, this hardy plant retains much of its color, offering visual interest in otherwise barren landscapes. Its resilience makes it a year-round garden staple.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Party Colors Bugleweed thrives in areas with partial to full shade. Ideal spots include beneath trees, on north-facing garden beds, or in the shadow of buildings. Its adaptability makes it suitable for various garden locations.


This plant prefers shaded conditions but tolerates some morning sun. Too much direct sunlight can scorch its leaves, so aim for spots that provide filtered light or only brief sun exposure.


Bugleweed is not picky about soil but grows best in well-drained, moderately fertile ground. It can adapt to a range of soil types, including clay, loam, or sandy soils, provided they are well-draining.


Plant Party Colors Bugleweed about 12 inches apart. This spacing allows individual plants to grow and spread, eventually creating a dense, colorful carpet.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Party Colors Bugleweed is in spring or early fall. Planting during these cooler seasons allows the roots to establish before extreme weather, either hot or cold.

How to Plant

Dig holes slightly larger than the root balls, place the plants, and fill with soil. Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets.

Plant Care Tips


Regular watering is vital during the first growing season. Once established, Party Colors Bugleweed is drought-tolerant, requiring less frequent watering.


Fertilize lightly in spring with a balanced, all-purpose garden fertilizer. Over-fertilizing can lead to excessive growth at the expense of flowering.


Prune back in late winter or early spring to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote fresh, vigorous growth.

By Season


Spring Care

Early spring is the time to prune, fertilize, and mulch around the plants. This prep sets the stage for healthy growth and flowering throughout the season.

Summer Care

During summer, monitor watering, especially in prolonged dry spells. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keeps roots cool.

Fall Care

In fall, reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. Clear any fallen leaves from the foliage to prevent rot and pests.

Winter Care

Party Colors Bugleweed requires little winter care. Its hardiness generally protects it from cold weather. However, in regions with harsh winters, a layer of mulch provides extra insulation.


Is Party Colors Bugleweed invasive?

Party Colors Bugleweed spreads but is not considered invasive. Its growth is manageable with regular maintenance and suitable for most gardens.

How do I prevent pests and diseases?

Maintain healthy soil and adequate spacing to prevent most pests and diseases. Avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

Can it be used in container gardening?

Yes, Party Colors Bugleweed is excellent for containers. Ensure the container has good drainage and place it in a partially shaded spot for best growth.

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