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The most popular of rock plants, aubretias are reliable plants that form wide carpets of colour in late spring and early summer. Aubretia 'Purple Cascade' 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. The Royal Horticultural Society has give it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Grow Aubretia 'Purple Cascade' in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back hard after flowering to encourage a second flush.
Cultivar: Purple Cascade
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Purple
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: September to May
Time to divide plants: September to November
Flowering period: March to May
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