Monday, February 2, 2009

Giving Alyssum Asylum

Although sweet alyssum is easily grown and prolific, it doesn't often get the gardening respect it deserves. A native of Europe, this annual has naturalized all across the United States and has adapted itself to every manner of poor soil and benign neglect. It tolerates heat, is drought resistant, takes full sun or partial shade, reseeds itself and grows rapidly. If you're still not convinced, despite all these positive characteristics, take a closer look. Each head is made up a cluster of miniature flowers. This litle gem is sweetly scented and comes in white, pale or deep purple. It's a perfect cover for your bulbs as you either wait for them to sprout or when they're finished blooming.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! Such a pretty little bouquet cluster!