Aubrietia – Purple Rock Cress, False Wall Cress – Arabis
Early in the Spring, our eyes search for color in the garden. We grow the Rock Cress (Axabis) for white, Golden Alyssum for yellow, and Aubrietia for purple, rose, and lavender. But, few people have grown the Aubrietias because they have not known of them although the catalogs list the plants.
Where to use Aubrietia
They are useful in the front line of a perennial border or rock garden.
Where to plant Rock Cress
They prefer lighter soils and full sun. Transplant in Fall or earliest Spring, for at other times they are impatient of being moved.
How to grow Arabis
Divide the plants in the Fall. If a seed is obtainable, it may be easily started from seed.