Also known as Sweet Alyssum, this lovely
flower is wonderful for filling in around the edges of any
flowerbed, between stepping stones or in rock gardens. The plants are
covered with clusters of tiny flowers which bloom continuously. The
sweet frangrance of these small beauties will perfume the air around the
garden and bring bees and butterflies to visit. Alyssum does best in
cooler climates, however if planted in partial shade it will thrive in
hot summer areas if given plenty of moisture.
Flower Colour - white, purple
Blooming Season - Early Spring to Late Fall
healthy, green plants with no signs of wilting or disease. Plants
should be stocky, with plenty of leaves. It's actually a plus if they
don't have any flowers on them - they'll divert their early energy
into root development rather than flowering. Choose a site in full sun
to light shade. Sweet alyssum likes average to poor, well-drained soil
and moderate water. Plant seedlings in early spring, about two weeks
before your region's last average frost date. Keep
soil a little on the dry side.
Trim faded flowers
to promote longer blooming. If plants look ragged in mid summer, shear
back by half to rejuvenate them. There's no need to fertilize sweet
alyssum - if you do, it may actually bloom less.When
growing alyssum in containers, tear
out and discard plants in fall, after frost fells them.