You Can Grow Fragrant Alyssum
Alyssum is one of
the easiest of annual plants to grow and succeed with. Its
fragrant flowers perfume still nights and in a mild garden, it will
even self-sow from one year to the next.
this plant where I want it to bloom and I usually only cover the seed
very slightly to help hold the moisture around the seed. It
does not require darkness for germination but it does appreciate a
steady supply of water. The seed can be started
indoors in cell packs but be sure to space the seeds at least
½ inch apart. Crowding them will lead to rotting
and a sure death. This is the same for sowing in the ground
as well as sowing in the house – give them space to grow and
allow air to circulate.
It does best in full sun to part shade and once it
starts blooming, it will continue for a long time with fragrant white,
light pink or purplish blooms.
does not appreciate soggy ground (it rots when unhappy) and does best
where air circulation is high. The dense mat of flowers and
leaves can lead to rotting if the plant is too crowded or two wet.
Alyssum mixed colors
Interesting Growing Tip
If the plant gets leggy, it can be
sheared back by half and it will bush out again and start reblooming.
grows nicely where fertility levels are not all that high.
Too fertile a garden soil will produce leggier plants faster than a
And that's all you really
need to know about alyssum to succeed. I tend to grow mine in
gravel pathways where it will self sow quite happily and be a nice
addition to the garden. Some gardeners use this plant as a
border edging to create a visual "edge" to the
garden picture. And it has a limited use in containers as it
tends to get leggy quickly; prune or remove it from the basket when it
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by the way
There is a perennial
alyssum - it is really called Aurinia and it is
yellow. It blooms in the spring.
perennial mats of red, purples and whites in the spring are creeping
ground phlox (Phlox subulata) and not alyssum. Creeping phlox
does not bloom all summer.
alyssum that blooms all summer is annual.
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