Alyssum

Very pretty, low growing, hardy perennials and annuals. Small pillows of multiple tiny flowers, continuing to flower throughout the summer. Sweetly scented. For prolonged flowering snip off the seedpods after each bloom.

Suggested sowing time:


(Key: sow indoors,   sow outside,   sow outside under cover.)

Where to plant:

The dwarf spreading habit of these plants make them particularly good for edging, rockeries, hanging baskets, between paving and dry stone walls.

For an effective display interplant with Lobelia 'Crystal Palace'.

Cultivars and varieties:

Alyssum maritimum 'Carpet of Snow' - Ideal plants for borders, edging and rockeries.

Alyssum maritimum 'Golf Mix' - Attracts butterflies

Alyssum maritimum 'Little Dorrit' - Probably the most commonly grown alyssum.

Alyssum maritimum 'Minimum'

Alyssum maritimum 'Oriental Night'

Alyssum maritimum 'Rosie O'Day'

Alyssum maritimum 'Royal Carpet'

Alyssum maritimum 'Snow Carpet' - Larger flowered variety

Alyssum maritimum 'Snow Crystals' - Larger flowered variety

Alyssum maritimum 'Snow Drift'

Alyssum maritimum 'Wonderland'

Alyssum saxatile var. compactum 'Gold Dust' - An attractive grey-leaved perennial which bears trailing flower spikes of rich golden yellow.

Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Coriander

Cress

Cucumber

Forget-me-not

Ornamental pepper

Tomato

Outside

Alyssum

Amaranthus

Antwerp hollyhock, Fig-leaved hollyhock, hollyhock

Aster

Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia

Basil, Sweet basil, Common basil

Beet, Beetroot, Chard

Beetroot, Garden beet

Borecole, Kale

Bristly hollyhock

Broccoli

Cabbage

Candytuft

Cardoon

Carrot

Cauliflower

Celery

Common hollyhock

Cornflower

Courgette

Delphinium

French bean, fine bean

Hollyhock

Italian beetroot, Beetroot, Garden beet

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Love-in-a-mist

Marrow

Nasturtium

Normandy sorrel

Ornamental winter kale

Radish

Runner bean

Spinach

Spinach, Summer spinach

Spring onion

Sweet corn

Sweet pea

Swiss chard, Ruby chard, Rhubard chard

Turnip

Outside under cover

Cucumber

Sweet corn