Alphabetical Plant Listing

Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alyssum)

Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia Maritima)


Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is a fabulous little plant that should not be overlooked! Low maintenance, trouble-free, drought tolerant, it produces a profusion of delightfully scented flowers that will quickly cover your beds and borders with a sea of flowers beautifully mixing with your other annuals or perennials. It will also cascade richly from your containers or hanging baskets and beautify your rock garden. Use it as a groundcover, as an edging and in paving cracks too!

  • An old-time favorite with its incredibly long blooming season extending from late spring to frost, Sweet Alyssum is extremely fragrant and exists in white, purple or pink and apricot. Loved by butterflies, it is hardy to USDA 9 - 11 and grown as an annual in cooler areas.
  • Grows in mounds up to 12 inches tall (30 cm) and spreads 10-18 inches (25-45 cm)
  • Prefers full sun locations and enjoys average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. While tolerant of high summer temperatures, some afternoon shade would be appreciated in hot weather areas. Water regularly for best performance.
  • Fertilize regularly. Shear plants back by one-half after the first flush of bloom to promote new blooms.

A few beautiful Lobularia Cultivars

Alyssum Snow Princess, Lobularia Snow Princess, Fragrant plants, heat tolerant plants

Alyssum 'Snow Princess'

Alyssum Easter Bonnet, Lobularia Easter Bonnet, Fragrant plants, heat tolerant plants

Alyssum 'Easter Bonnet' Series

Alyssum Frosty Knight, Lobularia Frosty Knight, Fragrant plants, heat tolerant plants

Alyssum 'Frosty Night'

Extremely heat tolerant, it is noted for its spreading, mounding and cascading habit. Up to 8 in. tall (20 cm), spreads up to 24 in. (60 cm).
Multiple awards

Compact, uniform cultivars. Exist in deep pink, rose, lavender, white and violet. Bloom earlier. Up to 2 inches tall (5 cm), spreads 10 in. (25 cm).
Fleuroselect award

Very attractive and eye-catching with it variegated foliage. Heat tolerant. Up to 6 in. tall (15 cm), spreads 24 in. (60 cm).
Multiple awards.

Alyssum Wonderland, Lobularia Wonderland, Fragrant plants, heat tolerant plants

Alyssum 'Wonderland' Series

Alyssum Blushing Princess, Lobularia blushing Princess, Fragrant plants, heat tolerant plants

Alyssum 'Blushing Princess'

Alyssum Snow Crystal, Lobularia Snow Crystal, Fragrant plants, heat tolerant plants

Alyssum 'Snow Crystal'

Brilliant rosy-red flowers on compact, flat-growing plants. This variety is considered to be excellent for edging. Up to 5 in. tall (12 cm), spreads 24 in. (60 cm).
Fleuroselect Award

Fragrant flowers and blush lavender color make this plant a fantastic addition to your garden. Heat tolerant. Up to 8 in. tall (20 cm), spreads up to 24 in. (60 cm).
Multiple awards

Has large, fragrant flowers. Very suited to hanging baskets, windowboxes and tubs, where the remarkable size of the flowerheads can be appreciated to the full. Up to 6 in. tall (15 cm), spreads 12.(30 cm).
Fleuroselect award

 

Guide Information

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Family Lobularia - Sweet Alyssums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 1' (15cm - 30cm)
Spread 10" - 2' (25cm - 60cm)
Spacing 10" - 18" (25cm - 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Family Lobularia - Sweet Alyssums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 1' (15cm - 30cm)
Spread 10" - 2' (25cm - 60cm)
Spacing 10" - 18" (25cm - 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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