Aubrieta is a cute little perennial ground cover. Its blooming sets on early in the season, with its first flowers blooming in April.
A summary of Aubrieta facts
Name – Aubrieta
Family – Brassicaceae
Type – perennial
Height – 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary
Flowering – April-May
Foliage – evergreen
Aubrieta is planted in fall if possible, but planting can also be performed in spring, in non-freezing weather.
Aubrieta loves old walls, rocky ground and cascading cliffs, where it will produce a very ornamental impact.
- Aubrieta loves sunbathed locations.
- Place about 5 to 10 specimens to a square yard (1 m²) to create amazing ground cover.
- Water abundantly at the beginning.
Aubrieta in pots and containers
Aubrieta is a flower that is very well suited to growing in a pot or a garden box.
- Plant your aubretia in a pot with special flower plant soil mix.
- Water on a regular basis, whenever the surface soil is dry.
Pruning and caring for aubrieta
You’ll appreciate your aubrieta when you discover how easy it is to care for, and how abundant its blooming is.
- Cut the stems back after flowering.
- Every 2 or 3 years, divide the clump to easily propagate and multiply your aubretia.
- For spectacular blooming every year, fertilize your garden soil at the end of winter.
Aubrieta and potential diseases
Aubrieta is a plant that resists most diseases and fungi very well, but it sometimes is hit by downy mildew.
This happens when heat and moisture occur at the same time. A layer of whitish webs appears on leaves and stems.
- Here is how to fight downy mildew.
As for parasites, you might spot a few aphids from time to time.
- Here is how to get rid of aphids.
All there is to know about aubrieta
This cute ground cover plant produces roundish bushy balls with purple blue flowers.
From the beginning of spring, it bears hundreds of flowers to the point of actually crowding out its own leaves.
Both hardy and cold-resistant, it can grow in a hole in the wall, along edges or in rocky terrain.
It is often compared to a cute flowered pillow, and is just as suited to growing in pots or garden boxes as it is growing in the ground with other aubrieta plants.
Smart tip about aubrieta
You can add special perennial organic fertilizer after the blooming.
- Also, watch out for aphids.