Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) produce long lasting masses of tiny pink, white, violet and cream blooms. These beautiful flowers are easy to grow, are ideal as a border, ground cover, hanging baskets or in pots. Their lovely scent is a favourite amongst cottage gardeners and they are great to beneficial insects and bees into the garden.


How to grow alyssum in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Scatter seed thinly, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  2. While the seedlings are growing, choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun to part shade and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
  3. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  4. Allow the seedlings to grow to at least 4 cm before transplanting.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 7 to 10cm apart. Water in well.
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, woodchip cane or pea straw keeping it away from the base of the plants.
  7. Feed regularly with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food.


     
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How to grow alyssum in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix
  3. Plant directly into the pot by pressing the seeds lightly into the surface of the pot, lightly cover and firm down.
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. You can also give it a boost by feeding with Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Germination is faster and more uniform if seed is only barely covered.
  • For a real cottage look in your garden, scatter the seeds around the garden bed in various locations and water in well.

Yates Varieties

Alyssum 'Carpet of Snow'

Long lasting masses of tiny fragrant white flowers. Its hardiness and versatility makes it ideal as a border, ground cover or for growing in pots.


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Flax

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English Daisy

English Daisy flowers come in single or double forms in colours of pink, red and white. Ideal in pots or in the garden as a border plant or en masse.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a hardy herbaceous perennial with large fragrant pink daisy-like flowers. Used for therapeutic purposes and as a delicious tea.

Virginian Stock

Bright pink, purple, and white blooms prolifically cover this flowering annual in spring and summer. They're easy to grow and are perfectly suited to garden beds, borders and pots.


Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.