Ground ivy: Glechoma
The genus Glechoma belongs to the Labiatae family includes twelve species of creeping,, hardy perennials that grow almost everywhere in Europe. Their stems root at the nodes and quickly form a carpet of coarsely toothed, round to oval, hairy leaves. In summer, plants produce small, fragrant, blue-violet tubular flowers which emerge from the leaf axils. These fast growing plants are excellent for growing in hanging baskets or as underplanting in containers. They grow best in fertile, moist but well-drained in partial shade. They should never be allowed to dry out because the brown leaves are rather unsightly. When touched the leaves emanate a very distinctive smell. In the ‘Variegata’ variety they are marbled with white. The runners are easily separated and root quickly. These are usually grown as .