Thursday, March 13, 2014

Alyssum:

            This flowering annual originated in the Mediterranean region. Over there it’s a perennial, grows like a weed, in fact to them it is a weed. Over here we’re paying ten to twelve bucks a flat and giving them prominence in the landscaping; over there they are probably buying and planting Queen Ann’s Lace like it’s a coveted showcase flower. Over here we’re dumping Roundup on the queen; over there they’re spraying Alyssum so as to not take over their kingdom.


            We buy them in three  colors. We go over to the table marked Alyssum and not much pondering needs to be done, it’s white, pink or what they call purple (but it looks more reddish pink to me). The truth is there are around 150 different kinds of Alyssum; most won’t do well here, but some will.

            Being short they look the best up front, or encircling something taller. Planting as a border is its more popular claim to fame.

            A full sun plant that gets up to 12 inches tall, produces a fragrant flower that brings in the bees; I would say pool side plantings… you may want to forego.

             Keep the soil moist when newly planted. Continue watering any time the soil is dry to a depth of ½ inch for the remainder of the plant's life, usually about once every seven to ten days.

            A very easy plant to grow, and very easy plant to place throughout the garden.

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