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Herbaceous Perennial

Aubrieta Cascade Series
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A slowly spreading, mat-forming, evergreen perennial to about 10cm high, with small, hairy, mid-green to grey-green leaves. Available in a wide range of deep blues, mauves, pinks and purples, the flowers are four-petalled and produced in short spikes through spring; ideal for tumbling over walls

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Blue Pink Purple Red Grey Silver Green
Summer Grey Silver Green
Autumn Grey Silver Green
Winter Grey Silver Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Brassicaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Aubrieta are mat-forming evergreen perennials with small leaves and short racemes of 4-petalled flowers in shades of pink and purple in spring

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, preferably neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. An ideal plant for dry areas such as slopes and over walls, and a useful container plant for spring colour

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, or semi-hardwood cuttings in midsummer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Cut back after flowering to maintain shape

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, leaf and bud eelworms and flea beetles

Diseases

May be susceptible to white blister and downy mildew

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