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Aubrieta 'Doctor Mules' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Trailing

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Blue in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

aubrieta 'Doctor Mules'

Family

Brassicaceae


Aubrieta are mat-forming evergreen perennials with small leaves and short racemes of 4-petalled flowers in shades of pink and purple in spring

'Doctor Mules' is a trailing perennial to 10cm tall, forming a wide mat of small, scurfy, soft green leaves, with single, rich violet-blue flowers 2.5cm wide in spring

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Best grown in well-drained soil in full sun, an ideal plant for dry areas such as chalky slopes and on walls, but it can tolerate partial shade. Being hardy it is a useful container plant for spring colour

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings. Species can be propagated by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Ground Cover, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to maintain compactness

Pests

Can get aphids and flea beetles

Diseases

May be infected by white blister