A magnet for butterflies, aubrieta
thrives in any well-drained, non-acid soil in full sun.
Take cuttings of rock plants such as aubrieta
, phlox, thyme and helianthemum
THERE are few plants as generous of flower as aubrieta
, pictured, a stalwart of the rockery, its flowers cascading over stones and walls casting a sea of blue and purple hues from April and through May.
Cut back aubrieta
and alyssum in the rock garden immediately after flowering.
is a great low-growing cascading plant suitable for ground cover in the border, rockeries or cascading from walls.
You can cut them from the main plant when they have rooted well Continue cutting back rock plants such as alyssum, aubrieta
and helianthemum immediately after flowering, before they have had time to set seed During dry weather raise the cutting blades on your lawnmower and mow without using the grass box so that the clippings help retain moisture Thin established seedlings of herbs such as chervil and dill to 15-30cm (6-12in) apart, according to the eventual spread of the plants.
I saw full-flowering Aubrieta
over dry-stone rocks cascade And complement the riotous red glory of a Peony marinade With Anenome blue, Clematis white and a Red Hot Poker on fire, Cooled by the yellow malice of the ice plant Sedum minor Combined with ephemeral Hibiscus and aged Convolvulus tricolor And delicate balls of Fuchsia bells aflame against the south-facing Wall of illusion, radiant in substance and sparkling in metaphor.
To keep basket-of-gold, candytuft, common aubrieta
, moss pink, rockcress, and other low-growing, spring-blooming perennials full and compact, remove spent blooms and 1 or 2 inches of growth.
40) looks a lot tougher, with the only really notable last-time performances coming from Mousehole and, admittedly in low grade, Aubrieta
uk) has a new 30cm owl planter, above, which will look great planted with rockery stalwarts, such as alpine phlox or aubrieta
, or summer favourites like dwarf lavender.
Cut back alyssum, arabis and aubrieta
when the flowers are over, trimming them with kitchen scissors to keep them tidy
Cut back alyssum and aubrieta
in the rock garden after flowering.