Low-growing Alyssum is a snowy ground cover at the front of the border or cascading over the side of a container. It will reseed itself and pop up next year to delight you in an unexpected spot.
Sun or some shade
When to Plant
After last frost
Front of the border
Days to Maturity
Alyssum: A Field Guide
Our favorite use of low-growing alyssum is as a flower carpet, as a ground cover that’s particularly charming between dry-laid pavers.
Sweet alyssum’s delicate clusters of flowers are usually white; purple (‘Royal Carpet’), blue (‘Wonderland Blue’), and dusty pink (‘Aphrodite Salmon’) varieties are also available. Equally at home in a planter or pot, alyssum will spill over the side like a fluffy waterfall. In a garden bed, leave spent blooms in place so alyssum, an annual, can reseed itself and pop up next year in unexpected spots.