Beloved for its white lacy carpet of tiny flowers and sweet honey scent,
this easy, fast bloomer is one of the best attractors of beneficial insects and butterflies.
Tiny insect predators that protect the garden from chewing insects need small, nectar-rich flowers, and sweet alyssum is a favorite.
After several university studies proved them effective, a growing number of commercial vineyards are now sowing alyssum between the grape vines to provide nectar for pest-fighting insects.
Perfect for cascading down walls or containers, as a low edging or as a carpet under tall, relatively open plants like garlic, orach, pole beans, podding radish or sunflowers.
Classic understory for spring bulbs, or in a pot where you can enjoy the scent. Succession0sow, spring to fall.
Flowers are edible too.
BOTANICAL NAME: Lobularia maritima
Sow in flats or in the garden, covering very lightly with sand or light soil. Loves sandy soil, rock walls, and cool seaside summers. Inland, plant in spring or fall. When plants are 1" tall, plant out on 4" centers for a carpet effect or intersperse with other plants. When blooming slackens, shear back to about 4" (back to leafy growth) with scissors, mulch with compost, and water well if necessary-fresh bloom will follow quickly. Good to succession-sow as well.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Annual/ Height 4-6"/Spacing 10-12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Bee Friendly, Edible Flower