By Kim Charles

Diane is embracing all that spring has to offer in Chicago, ajuga and all!

"As most of us know, I can not get enough of the vibrant spring colors, especially after a long winter. Now we are in a rainy, cold spell that does not want to let up here in Chicago Land, but watching plants emerge and grow is so exciting!  Last Fall I removed what little grass I had left in front, added the flagstone in order to walk through, and still create a border. I planted 'Chocolate Chip' ajuga as a ground cover. I had been wrestling with grass for years. It always looked great in Spring, but as the summer wore on between the root competition of the big silver maple ( I would love to take it out! - it is the ONLY thing that was in my yard when I moved in 21 years ago! ), and just the beating of the sun, it would end up a mess.  I am amazed at how much the ajuga has spread!  As soon as the flowers are finished, I will cut them off and then the yard will look more like a yard, yet will be more durable!  Some pics from the front, some from the back. I hope you enjoy them!"

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