Plant Profile: Alyssum
Alyssum is a genus of flowering plants native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. These low growing plants can be cultivated as annuals or perennials. Plants range in height from 10-100cm tall. Alyssum can be identified by its oval leaves and clusters of dainty flowers in yellow, white, pink or purple. The flowers will bloom from spring to fall. The most popular cultivated species is the "sweet alyssum," which is one of the sweetest smelling flowers around!
They are the perfect addition to a spring garden, adding bright bursts of colours and wonderful texture! Alyssum is easy to grow, hardy and would look particularly attractive in rock gardens. These low-growing flowers with their compact nature would be ideal as borders and ground cover. Moreover, they also look amazing in containers, specifically window boxes and hanging basket.
It can be planted in full sun or partial sun and can tolerate most soil conditions, but it does best in fertile, well-drained soil. Once they are established, alyssums are known to be drought tolerant. They don't require much maintenance, but a light pruning after blooming will help maintain the plant's bushy shape. some varieties of alyssums may self-seeds and reward you with beautiful flowers each year!
Climate Zones: 3-10