Alyssum is the low growing annual that is famous for its sweet smell and beautiful flowers. When in full bloom, Alyssums leaves become inconspicuous making it perfect for tidying up difficult areas where other bedding plants may struggle. The abundance of blooms makes it especially good for edging of gardens or sow into cracks and crevices to break the starkness of rockeries and paved areas. It's also extremely easy to grow and great for attracting bees!
How to choose the best variety for you
Alyssum Seed - Snow Cloth
Abundant white blooms which are especially good for edging. Extremely easy to grow. Great for attracting bees and perfect for tidying up difficult areas where other bedding plants may struggle.
Alyssum Seed - Pastel Carpet Mix
A pretty blend of colours with a good spreading habit. A great rockery or edging plant 8-10cm high.
How to sow your Alyssum
Choose a well drained site in full sun/part shade. Sow these seeds in trays for subsequent transplanting or, after frosts, sow direct where to grow in a well-prepared seedbed sow seeds 3cm apart and to a depth of 5mm.
Care for your seedling
Keep seedbed or trays evenly moist during the germination period of 14-21 days. Apply McGregor's FruitMax 2 weeks after germination for healthier plants and a maximum crop. Protect your herb garden from snails and slugs with McGregor's Snail and Slug bait and from White Butterfly with McGregor's Derris Dust.
Hints and Tips
When cared for correctly Alyssum can go from sowing to flowering in just 8 weeks. Keep Alyssum well watered during hot-dry weather and continue to fertilise regularly to keep them growing strong.