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aubretia question

I have a lot of what I think is aubretia (masses of lilac tiny ground cover flowers, we inherited it when we moved in so not certain of its name)

I have always just left it be, but this year it has gone mad and I will have to tidy it up.

My question is, can you/should you give the aubretia a haircut after flowering???

Also can you start cuttings from it, or do you have to buy new seed??



  • Thanks for that Verdun, 

    In the past the aubretia looks very bedraggled and exhausted after flowering, so a trim cannot look any worse I dont think.

    I have noticed the many colours that are available and are bright and vibrant.

     I think I'll have a portion.

  • Rodgy-dodgeRodgy-dodge Posts: 115

    mine are looking awful at the moment as the snails have enjoyed munching it?, does it self seed readily? parts of mine have small seed pods on I wondered whether I should cut them back or just leave them?

  • Mmmm !! interesting point.

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  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364

    I think they can spread by layering themselves. If you look closely you can see what looks like a lot of small roots coming out of the stems. Try pegging them into the soil and covering them with earth.  Then protect then from the B slugs and snails, as they tend to prune to death.


    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • ansellansell Posts: 3
    Trying to take cuttings at the minute from New growth also trying to peg and layer
  • sunnylanessunnylanes Posts: 1

    Mine are all gown from seed and two years on this has been their first good year. Thanks for hair cut advice, was wondering what to do.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,213

    Yes - they benefit enormously from a good prune after flowering. They'll often flower a little later on if you do that too. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Just moved to house with a huge area covered in aubretia. It was magnificent in the Spring but now looks dreadful. As it is such a large area I was wondering what I could do to brighten it up

    Don't fancy looking at such a mess for the rest of the Summer. Any suggestions?
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