Aubretia 'Purple Cascade'


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Hardy perennial

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Aubrieta 'Purple Cascade'

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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.

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Aubrieta

Cultivar: Purple Cascade

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: September to November

Flowering period: March to May

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