How to grow Common Aubrieta (Aubrieta deltoidea)

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How to grow Common Aubrieta (Aubrieta deltoidea)
Aubrieta deltoidea comes from southeastern Europe. (Wikimedia Commons)

Aubrieta makes a colourful splash in early spring. It is a mat-forming, evergreen perennial, and its flowers - in shades of purple (such as Purple Cascade) and blue (such as J.S. Baker) - cover the plant. It grows well in rockeries, at the top of a retaining wall or as an edging plant along a path.

Skill level:
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Instructions

    Plant care

  1. 1

    Keep the area around Abrieta well-drained by adding a light layer of gravel on top of the soil.

  2. 2

    Shear the plant back after it blooms, using garden scissors or bypass pruners, and you may get another round of flowers in summer.

  3. 3

    Shearing also keeps the plant looking tidy. Shape the plant to control its growth as desired.

    Selecting Aubrieta

  1. 1

    Shop for Aubrieta in nurseries in the spring when it's in bloom so that you can choose the right flower colour.

  2. 2

    Look for Aubrieta in 10 cm (4 inch) pots.

  3. 3

    Look for healthy plants with no yellowing leaves at the center, which indicates overwatering.

    Planting

  1. 1

    Plant Aubrieta in a sunny spot in well-drained soil.

  2. 2

    Add a little organic fertiliser to the planting hole.

  3. 3

    Water weekly throughout the first spring and summer, but don't let it sit in soggy soil.

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