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Alyssum Lobularia maritima

Growing Alyssum: Tips at a Glance

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.

  • Type Herbaceous flower
  • Lifespan Annual
  • USDA Zones All
  • Light Sun or some shade
  • Water Regular water
  • When to Plant After last frost
  • Design Tip Front of the border
  • Companions Catmint, roses
  • Days to Maturity 60

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.

Planting, Care & Design of Alyssum

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