Pinks, blues, violets, reds or purples, variegated with gold or white, the flowers of the aubrietes enchant the garden in the first sun of spring.
The ideal companion of bulb flowers, the corollas of the aubrietes are at the rendezvous of the first wave of blooms in the garden.
From March to June, their flower carpets lend themselves to infinite variations and generously overflow borders, rockeries and low walls.
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The aubriète is undemanding
Theaubriète is a plant of easy culture which accepts calcareous soils and withstands temperatures of -15 ° C without any problem.
Not very demanding in terms of soil, it colonizes the land fairly quickly as long as it is installed in the sun because in the shade, growth is slowed down and flowering is scarce.
Almost everywhere, she very quickly participates in the decor, between disjointed slabs, on a sunny embankment, along a old wall… Also easy, with it, to create cascades of flowers for your balconies and suspensions. Let the stems fall out of the box to dress it up nicely with flowers and hide the outlines. A 15 to 20 cm deep balcony box is sufficient.
You can also use aubriète rugs to dress the base of certain shrubs (with deciduous foliage), preferably subjects forming a stem or having a clear base, so that the plants benefit from good sunlight.
Good care for a beautiful aubriète
Apart from regular watering in summer when the weather is hot, aubrietes require virtually no maintenance.
However, prune border plants to limit their size. You can also completely cut back the young clumps after flowering, during the first two or three years after planting. This makes it possible to form more compact carpets. For plants growing in low walls, just remove the dead or dry parts.
In summer, the aubrietes sometimes tend to dry out, nothing serious! Remove the dry parts as and after flowering and cover the clump with a little light potting soil.
Less compact vegetation is a sign of aging. It is then time to divide the tuft. Intervene after flowering by completely pulling the plant out and detaching young fragments (the densest) about 5 cm in diameter which you will immediately replant, spacing them about 20 cm apart.
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