Alyssum, Carpet Of Snow
A sea of fragrant blooms for edging.
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Alyssum may be sown directly in the garden after frost or planted as a potted plant.
Sowing Directly in the Garden:
- Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun to part shade after danger of heavy frost.
- Sow seeds 6 inches apart and barely press in; light aids germination.
- Firm soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Seedlings will emerge in 8-10 days.
Planting Potted Plants:
- Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
- Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
- Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
- Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
- Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
- Use the plant tag as a location marker.
- Keep soil evenly moist but not wet
- Shear plants back by one-half after the first flush of flowers has ended to encourage new buds to form.
- Plants self-sow so allow some to set seeds.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
- Remove plants after they are killed by heavy frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
- Alyssum performs best in areas with relatively cool summers, but can grow anywhere.
- Alyssum makes a great temporary ground cover and grows nicely with dianthus, violets, and thyme. Plant alyssum between stepping stones or in paving cracks, or grow it in containers. Alyssum also makes a great addition to a butterfly or seaside garden.
- Alyssum has a sweet fragrance. Plant where you can enjoy this, such as in a windowbox. Because of the fragrance it will also attract bees, butterflies and many beneficial insects such as lady bugs.
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Alyssum, Carpet Of Snow is rated out of 5 by 10.Rated 5 out of 5 by ChickenFarmerGirl from Best seed buy ever I've never been one for planting annuals - too fussy and wimpy for me. Except that this alyssum totally beat out the variety from the local garden center. I sprinkled Carpet of Snow seeds in front of my eggplants, weeded a few times, then sat back and relaxed. It is now the best looking little garden I have! Quick to fill in and flower, chickens trample it and it pops right back, edges get mowed but don't turn brown, never quits flowering. I'm buying a packet of these seeds for each of my gardens next year!Date published: 2015-08-23Rated 5 out of 5 by Vazmami from Stunning I have never used this and I loved it!!! Easy to care forDate published: 2014-09-21Rated 5 out of 5 by BillTMcD from Excellent cover I really didn't know what to expect when I germinated these, but it didn't take long to realize these would be a winner. They grow quickly, and spread fast (be careful what you wish for, it became a little too much cover). My flowers never seem to get as large as the picture, but they are small and delicate and pleasing to look at.Date published: 2013-07-11Rated 4 out of 5 by bethany1179 from Are these fast growers? I am interested in starting these indoors to be used in containers to decorate a tables at a bridal shower in April. Can someone tell me if they are fast growing and would bloom in 8 weeks if grown indoors? Thank you for your help!Date published: 2013-02-05Rated 1 out of 5 by ceejaa from disappointed I feel really let down by these. I ordered the seed tapes of the alyssum and planted them in April and kept them properly watered . I don't know what I did wrong but only one came up.Date published: 2012-07-07Rated 5 out of 5 by Stamen from Excellent early experience 100% germination rate with strong seedlings at four true leaf stage. Used Jiffy peat pots under standard UV light at six inches for sixteen hours per day at room temperature. Hope to update this summer.Date published: 2012-04-13Rated 5 out of 5 by MissMadamMozart from going to add these to my kitchen garden for my dog i got a seed mix containing these and used it around the mailbox. these were the first to pop up, have bloomed the longest, and have been the absolute most fragrent flowers i have ever used. the scent is amazing, it's like spiced honey (vanillia, nutmeg, a twinge of cinnamon). my dog adores these flowers, when we go check the mail she runs to to them and burries her face in them untill i am half way back to the house. next year i'm going to add these to my own garden in the back yard...far far away from their current roadside location.Date published: 2011-08-27Rated 5 out of 5 by martha from reliable and beautiful These are a slightly taller variety than ones I purchase from garden center. They mix very well with all kinds of flowers in the garden: petunias, zinnias, begonias, verbena, portulaca, even the shorter alyssum, and also hosta, azaleas. They really do look like big snowy mounds, which is very refreshing in the summer. It has been dry and hot now that August is here yet they continue to bloom away. They are great anywhere there is a bare spot! I sprouted mine in early spring inside and moved them to a sunny window for a short time, then outside in the trays to harden them up, then into the garden.Date published: 0000-09-10