March Plant of the Month - Aubrieta

Aubrieta

 

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Nothing creates a carpet of colour like an Aubrieta in early spring! These fantastic, very low growing plants range from deepest vibrant shades to the palest almost white hues in a range of violets, purple and pinks.

 

The traditional single Aubrieta produce dainty four-petalled flowers over mounds of hairy foliage.

 

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They used to be a common sight on rockeries, although rockeries are a less common sight themselves these days. They are very eye-catching trailing over walls and can even be grown in containers and will last right into May.

 

Named after Claude Aubriet, a French botanical painter they are commonly known as Aubretia. They grow in the wild in Europe and Central Asia.

 

 

Planting

 

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Aubrieta are quite happy in most soils and can handle a little shade, but for the best results they like alkaline soils and a position in full sun.

Trim right down after flowering to around half its size and you’ll get a fresh growth of foliage for the summer followed by masses of new flowers in the spring. Apart from that they will happily look after themselves for the rest of the year.

 

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For more tips on planting watch our video tutorial with plant expert Jeff Turner on growing Aubrieta HERE. 

 

Products

 

Single flowered Aubrieta – we supply these as 5cm module plants and have a really great special offer on them at the moment – 6 Aubrieta plants for just £2.99 - click here for details.

 

Aubrieta Red Cascade

 

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Clusters of dainty red-pink single flowers form a strong mat of colour throughout April and May. A fully hardy variety this is such useful and versatile plant in the garden. Fabulous at the front of the border or in rockeries it's also great for containers. Loves full sun but will tolerate some shading and is an ideal plant for dry, chalky areas. An ideal plant for growing on slopes or up walls. The Royal Horticultural Society has given Red Cascade their Award of Garden Merit. Height 10cm, spread 60cm.

 

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Aubrieta Blue

 

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Sweeping clusters of dainty blue-violet single flowers form a strong mat of colour throughout April and May. A fully hardy variety this is such useful and versatile plant in the garden. Fabulous at the front of the border or in rockeries it's also great for containers. Loves full sun but will tolerate some shading and is an ideal plant for dry, chalky areas. An ideal plant for growing on slopes or up walls. Height 10cm, spread 60cm.

 

Looking for something a little bit different….?

Double Flowered Aubrieta. If you’re already a dab hand with Aubrieta why not try these lovely new double varieties?

 

Aubrieta Double Pink

 

Aubrieta-'Double-Pink'

Lovely lilac-pink double flowers with a dainty yellow centre. A great low maintenance creeping perennial plant that will quickly produce a thick mound of extravagant ground cover. Ideal for rockeries and borders, will also grow well in containers. Although it will tolerate partial shade, Aubrieta is happiest in full sun light in well-drained soils. 3cm diameter jumbo plugs supplied.

 

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Aubrieta Blue Beauty

 

Aubrieta-'Blue-Beauty'

A beautiful vibrant double flowering Aubrieta. This royal blue Aubrieta will spread rapidly, producing a mound of dense ground cover. Ideal for the border, overhanging walls or in rockeries, loved by bees. . Aubrieta is naturally suited to cool climates so is at its best in the spring, it will thrive if you plant it in well-drained sweet (or alkaline) soils in full sun. Try planting with Helianthemum (Sun Rose), another brilliant creeping ground cover plant that will flower in summer when the Aubrieta starts to decline. 3cm plug plants supplied.

 

Companion plants

Aubrieta prefer cooler conditions so will start to look bedraggled as the summer draws in so choose a ground cover plant that will cheerfully follow it and enjoy the warmer weather!

Here's a selection of some great ground cover plants that like similar conditions to Aubrieta and flower from May.

 

Helianthemum Sun Rose Helianthemum Sun Rose A hardy shrub like perennial that's great for rockeries or filling a gap at the front of a border. Flowers May - June.

 

Geranium Cinereum (Jolly Jewel Night) Geranium Cinereum (image of the Jolly Jewel Night variety) A colorful, compact plant perfect for suppressing weeds. Hardy and disease resistant. Flowers May to September.

 

Sedum Kamtschaticum Sedum Kamtschaticum A great rockery creeper, producing a mound of glossy green leaves with star shaped yellow flowers - really good for suppressing weeds. Flowers May - July.

 

Cerastium (Snow in Summer) Cerastium (Snow in Summer) A rampant creeping mound of flowers that will grow anywhere - even in very poor soils. Flowers form May to July.

 

 


 

 

2 thoughts on “March Plant of the Month - Aubrieta”

  • james conlon

    I would like to have white trailing aubrieta, or similar, such as "CERASTIUM" (snow in summer). When is the best time to order and plant them, please?
    Jimmy.

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    • J Parkers

      Hi Jimmy,

      We still have the Cerastium available to order now for planting but we are fast approaching the end of our spring season so if you would like them for this summer I would order up asap. We always remove items from the website as we run out or they are no longer suitable for planting, this time of year everything starts growing and wouldn't survive the journey + late planting.

      All of these will then return in our Autumn catalogue which launches in July and you can pre-order Perennials such as these which would then be dispatched in their winter dormancy from October/November.
      Hope that helps.

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