How was this plant created?
then 12, and so on.
But, he wasn’t sure if it really was different. Older variety ‘Burgundy Glow’ had similar colourings and was pretty well-known, albeit a bit unkempt when it aged. Piotr visited Thijs from Plantipp, and Thijs pointed out that Piotr’s new plant was Ajuga tenorii, and much more dainty than ‘Burgundy Glow’, which is a son of the native UK wildflower Ajuga reptans. They even placed the plants side by side to double-check things!
What happened next?
A few years of trials and tests ensued, and the plant soon earned it’s name ‘Princess Nadia’, thanks to its dainty appearance and colourful party dress!
Nadia was also the name of Piotr’s 4 year daughter. How ace that she has a
plant named after her!
What’s different about this plant?
Ajuga tenorii ‘Princess Nadia’ offers astounding versatility, thanks to it’s habit and colour palette. You’d need 4 hands to list all the uses; from hanging baskets and window boxes to ground cover and front of borders, your imagination is your only limit. It’s the first multi-coloured version of the mediterranean species Ajuga tenorii and it really is a show off. The spring foliage emerges with a glowing pink tinge, which deepens to a magenta and cream marbling.
I predict a bright future for Ajuga, especially for gardeners wanting a tapestry look in their pots and borders. We often talk about the Graffiti Garden styles, and the Ajuga colours and blends over the next few years have definitely
used the whole spray can!
Where can you plant Ajuga ‘Princess Nadia’?
Ajuga ‘Princess Nadia’ spreads to around 25cm, so is a nice specimen for remixing tired rockeries. It flowers in spring and again in summer, so could easily be partnered up with summer patio plants. After all, who needs the flowers when the foliage is that colourful?! As ground cover, it forms a thick carpet,
stopping weeds dead.
Where can you buy this plant?
or by mail order from here and here.
How to grow Ajuga ‘Princess Nadia’:
Size: 15cm (6”) high x 25cm (10”) in spread
Plant of the Month is sponsored by Plantipp, a company based in The Netherlands who handle the introduction of new plants into Europe (with Concept Plants doing the same job in North America).
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.