Alyssum

GROWING ALYSSUM

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WHERE TO PLANT

Alyssum is a delicate carpet of tiny flowers with a subtle, sweet scent. The low-growing foliage is covered by flowers for much of the growing season. Alyssum is a cool season flower that is very easy to grow, from plant or seed. Alyssum loves full sun, but it does not like prolonged dry periods.

SOIL CONDITIONS

Alyssum grows best in well-drained, humusy soil that holds moisture well.

MAINTENANCE

Alyssum plants require little maintenance. While it is relatively maintenance free, it will do poorly on boggy sites and where inadequate moisture is provided. It is prone to few pest problems but may get stem rot or leaf blight where too much shade prevents the leaves and soil from drying out. Botrytis blight is a particular problem of alyssum plants when they are grown in overly wet areas. Trim back the stems after blooming for an endless display of colorful sweet alyssum flowers.

DESIGN

Alyssum grows best where it can be showcased. Plant or sow seeds in front of flower borders, in containers with other taller growing annuals, such as salvia and profusion zinnias, and in walls or rock gardens among other low growing perennials and wildflowers, such as columbine.