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.
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Things you need
- Bypass pruners
- Garden hoses
- Garden trowels
Keep the area around Abrieta well-drained by adding a light layer of gravel on top of the soil.
Shear the plant back after it blooms, using garden scissors or bypass pruners, and you may get another round of flowers in summer.
Shearing also keeps the plant looking tidy. Shape the plant to control its growth as desired.
Shop for Aubrieta in nurseries in the spring when it's in bloom so that you can choose the right flower colour.
Look for Aubrieta in 10 cm (4 inch) pots.
Look for healthy plants with no yellowing leaves at the center, which indicates overwatering.
Plant Aubrieta in a sunny spot in well-drained soil.
Add a little organic fertiliser to the planting hole.
Water weekly throughout the first spring and summer, but don't let it sit in soggy soil.