Aubrieta: A rocky ground cover beauty in your garden
One of the most popular of rock plants, aubretias are reliable plants that form wide carpets of colour in late spring and early summer. Aubretia has purple flowers that associate particularly well with pink or yellow flowers. Team with plants of similar vigour that won’t be swamped by the aubretia – yellow Alyssum saxatile, Alyssum montanum or pink arabis, for example. It looks especially superb grown along a hollow topped wall where the plants can cascade down over the edges – plant a mixture of varieties to give a multicoloured effect.
Best grown in well-drained soil in full sun, an ideal plant for dry areas such as chalky slopes and on walls, but it can tolerate partial shade. Being hardy, it is a useful container plant for spring colour.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Patio and container plants
- Rock garden
- Garden edging
- Ground cover
- Banks and slopes