Other Name: Sweet Alyssum
Period/Seasonal Colour: Blooms all summer in colors of white, lavender or pink.
Height: 4 to 6 inches x 6 to 12 inches
Where To Plant: Alyssum grows well planted directly in the garden from seed, started as seedlings indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date.
When To Plant: Alyssum grows best in well-drained, humusy soil that holds moisture well in the summer. Hot, dry spells cause alyssum to stop flowering and potentially dieback.
How To Plant: Simply sprinkle seeds in the soil bed and lightly press them into the soil. Keep the soil evenly moist and they will germinate within one week. Plant alyssum tightly together in groups spaced only 6 inches apart to create a quicker flowering carpet effect.
Added Benefits: Alyssum is a low growing annual that is known for its carpet of sweet smelling white, violet or purple colored flowers.. Bees, butterflies and other insects love alyssum making it a good plant in a pollinator garden.
Tips: Keep alyssum well-watered during hot, dry weather. It has few pests and diseases. When grown in containers or small spaces with little soil, fertilize monthly to keep them growing strong.