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Whats wrong with my aubrieta ?

chickychicky Posts: 10,402

At this time of year I see hundreds of walls decorated with beautiful flowering aubrietas - and am very jealous.

I have tried growing them to trail down dry stone walls in a number of locations in our garden - they start as lovely bushy plants from the garden centre, but by the summer they are either dead, or consist of long brown stems with a couple of leaves still growing at the end.  It almost looks like something is eating any leaves that are trying to emerge along the stem.

I have tried in sun and shade.  We have acid soil.

Has anyone any ideas?


  • meiowmeiow Posts: 51


    I've got some Aubrietas for the first time this year, they are still flowering brillantely at the moment.

    I have read that after they have finished flowering you should cut them back quite hard which will encourgage further bushy growth & maybe a second flowering.

    Maybe try this & see what happens?

  • neatbushneatbush Posts: 34

    They only flower in the spring and like meiow said after flowering you need to cut right back and they come into life again  next spring.

  • jude5jude5 Posts: 65

    Could be snails, I have given up with aubretia because I just couldn't keep up with the control of them even though I think I was doing everything else right.

  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386

    my mother told me aubretia dont like their heart wet. Which makes sense they like nothing better than being in a wall or as my neighbour has them in a raised gravel bed, which all say free drainage

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