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Have I killed my Aubrietia plants

Hi, 

I planted two Aubrieta plants in a new rockery bed last Autumn. They flowered really well in early spring but were out growing the bed slightly and they became very top heavy. I read online that you can cut them back relatively hard to maintain the size and stop them taking over the bed, so I did. They were thriving, but it has been over a month now and no new growth plus alot of the stems are really brittle and dry. Though the leaves that I left remaining are still green so I'm slightly confused. If anyone has any imput I'd really appreciate it, thanks.image 

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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,436

    I've done the same thing in the past, and they didn't usually bounce straight back. They definitely did come back fully the following spring though. What I did was gather the plant together and shear the whole lot leaving about 4" of stems. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,532

    All you can do is wait and see. They are tough plants. Cutting back after flowering is recommended though (I've never got round to it image) so chances are it'll be OK.

    Fingers crossed image

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Marisa_81Marisa_81 Posts: 4

    Thanks for your replies. I feel more certain now that they probably will rejuvenate next year, hopefully. If they do ill definitely not be so scissor happy with them next time ??

    Last edited: 05 July 2017 22:56:43

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