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Aubrieta ‘Axcent Burgundy’
(Rock Cress)


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Great for wildlife
March - May
10cm x 50cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

Wake up Spring with our favourite early-to-flower Aubrietia! We love the way this graceful, ground cover plant manages to be neat and compact, yet still produces really good-sized flowers. Perfect for softening path edges, filling containers fast and trailing down walls or banks. A fully hardy, low maintaince, spring classic that provides an early season for the bees too!

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Aubrieta 'Axcent Burgundy' is an early to flower Aubretia, forming mounds of compact evergreen foliage with beautiful large dark red-purple flowers. A versatile Alpine perennial that will produce carpets of wine red flowers and give your outdoor space a long-lasting and early show of colour in the growing season. It is a vigorous plant that will fill pots quickly but maintains a tight habit with a height of about 10cm high, making it perfect for container planting. We cherish this Aubrieta for providing a cottage garden rampage of colour in the wall cracks, pavers or rockeries. An evergreen with small, hairy, grey-green leaves cushioning rich, velvety, red-purple, four-petalled flowers that are produced in short spikes from Spring to early Summer. We think this is the best purple-red aubrietia as it's neat but with good sized flowers generously giving an easy to grow mass of Spring into Summertime flowers. Once established this aubretia is economically water-wise, therefore a good choice environmentally. Nectar-rich long-flowering blooms mean the the bees and butterflies will thank you too!

Planting Conditions

Aubrieta provides a cascade of stunning colour and are easy to grow and require very little maintenance. They are happy in most well-drained soils and prefer full sun, but can also be grown in partial shade. Cold hardy and heat tolerant, Aubreita 'Axcent Burgundy' is an easy-care member of a water-wise garden. Opt for well-drained, slightly alkaline to neutral soil, ensuring it mimics the rocky, mountainous habitats where this perennial thrives. Providing some full sun exposure is crucial, with a minimum of six hours of sunlight daily. Adequate spacing of around 12-18 inches, encourages healthy growth and allows the plant to drape elegantly in the surrounding space. Plant during early Spring for seamless establishment. By adhering to these planting guidelines, you set the stage for a spectacular Aubrieta showcase with vibrant burgundy blooms.

Watering & Feeding

Care for Aubrieta 'Axcent Burgundy' with mindful watering and feeding. We recommend keeping the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells, ensuring hydration without waterlogging. This perennial thrives with a balanced approach, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Feeding is modest; a well-balanced, slow-release fertiliser in Spring provides ample nutrients for healthy growth without excessive lushness. Moderation in feeding prevents overstimulation. By paying careful attention to watering and feeding, 'Axcent Burgundy' will reward you with its vibrant burgundy blooms, creating a stunning carpet of colour in your garden without overwhelming maintenance. During the first year we advise offering water regularly during dry periods, but once established they are fairly drought tolerant. Once established, Aubrieta is reliably waterwise and can handle the heat of a good Summer - even in a rock garden.

General Care

Caring for Aubrieta 'Axcent Burgundy' is straightforward, enhancing its resilience in your garden. Regular light trim of faded blooms to stimulate continuous flowering and maintain a neat appearance. Watch for potential pests, like aphids, and address them promptly to preserve the plant's health. Adequate spacing, around 12-18 inches, promotes good air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal issues. This perennial thrives in sunny locations with well-drained soil, creating an ideal setting for its vibrant burgundy blossoms. With minimal fuss and thoughtful care, 'Axcent Burgundy' becomes a delightful addition, transforming your garden into a vibrant tapestry of early season colour. Every 2 or 3 years, divide the clump to easily propagate and multiply your Aubrieta.