Very pretty, low growing, hardy perennials and annuals. Small pillows of multiple tiny flowers, continuing to flower throughout the summer. Sweetly scented. For prolonged flowering snip off the seedpods after each bloom.
Suggested sowing time:
(Key: sow indoors, sow outside, sow outside under cover.)
Where to plant:
The dwarf spreading habit of these plants make them particularly good for edging, rockeries, hanging baskets, between paving and dry stone walls.
For an effective display interplant with Lobelia 'Crystal Palace'.
Cultivars and varieties:
Alyssum maritimum 'Carpet of Snow' - Ideal plants for borders, edging and rockeries.
Alyssum maritimum 'Golf Mix' - Attracts butterflies.
Alyssum maritimum 'Little Dorrit' - Probably the most commonly grown alyssum.
Alyssum maritimum 'Minimum'
Alyssum maritimum 'Oriental Night'
Alyssum maritimum 'Rosie O'Day'
Alyssum maritimum 'Royal Carpet'
Alyssum maritimum 'Snow Carpet' - Larger flowered variety.
Alyssum maritimum 'Snow Crystals' - Larger flowered variety.
Alyssum maritimum 'Snow Drift'
Alyssum maritimum 'Wonderland'
Alyssum saxatile var. compactum 'Gold Dust' - An attractive grey-leaved perennial which bears trailing flower spikes of rich golden yellow.
Seeds to sow now:
Indoor or in a heated greenhouse
Outside under cover
What else to plant:
Roses (bare rooted)