Aubrieta Golden Variegated description
An unusual Aubrieta that looks good all through the year, provided it is given a little shade.
Violet blue flowers cover the plant in the spring.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
A bat friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the front of a border, a bank, cascading over a wall or by a patio, but it reverts very easily and requires the plain yellow shoots to be pulled off and aubrieta has now become a bit more difficult due to it’s leaf problems (see ‘Care and Maintenance’ below).
Common name: Golden Variegated False Rockcress.
The best position in the garden:
Prefers semi sun. It does grow okay in full sun, but the yellow leaves do get a little burnt.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it provides year round interest.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil, also tolerates chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Pull out the stems which have reverted pale yellow leaves (you can see some on the photo).
Attractive to Cabbage White Butterfly caterpillars that damage a lot of leaves.
Not so prone to Downy Mildew as most other Aubrieta.
Also can get White Blister – cut out infected stems.
Size of plant:
Height 15 cm.
Spread 40 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 5 plants per square metre.
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