Ajuga reptans, Bugle
Ajuga reptans (Fam: Lamiaceae) spreads by runners and makes a dense mat in a short period of time. It can be grown in a partial shade or full sun. It is a low growing plant that bears blue or purple flowers in April and May. This one on the photo is Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea' with dark-purple evergreen leaves. There are cultivars such as 'Burgundy Glow' with tricoloured foliage (pink, white and green) which is not so invasive like the other. I have them planted under shrubs and front of the flower borders. Our native Ajuga reptans is equally beautiful when in full bloom, only the leaves are plane green.
Hedera sp., Ivy
Hedera helix (Fam: Araliaceae) is really a wonderful plant. I use it to climb the walls or as a ground cover. Being evergreen is another good thing about it. Ivy comes in a range of foliage shape and form, and variegated cultivars lighten up dark corners in the garden.
Polygonum affine, Knot weed
Polygonum affine, (Fam: Polygonaceae) is low growing, evergreen perennial. It likes moderately moist soil and semi-shade to sunny spot in the garden. In summer the spikes of pink flowers appear and keep on flowering for a long period of time. You will find it also under the name Persicaria affinis.
Waldsteinia ternata, Golden strawberry
Waldsteinia ternata, (Fam: Rosaceae) is my latest purchase for my new "Hosta Garden". I need it for the front of the shade border. It covers the ground pretty quickly. Plant is only 30 cm high and produces lots of yellow flowers in April.
Vinca minor 'Imagine', Periwinkle
Vinca minor, (Fam: Apocynaceae). I have it planted under the shrubs. It is evergreen, with shiny leaves and blue flowers that flower in spring. There are cultivars with white flowers or variegated leaves.