Nothing adds more delight to summer days than the gentle fragrance of sweet alyssum. 'Tiny Tim' is compact and always covered with flowers. A wonderful ground cover, it blooms all growing season with no need to shear back at any time. Alyssum withstands drought and heat, while attracting pollinators. It is an ideal rock garden plant, and gracefully spills over edges of containers. Edible flowers have a mild, grassy/mustardy flavor; the clusters make a charming garnish to salads and desserts.
Botanical Name: Lobularia maritima
Native: Mediterranean region
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 5 and warmer; often grown as an annual as it gets leggy in its second year.
Plant Dimensions: 2″–4″ tall, 6″–12″ wide
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Spring to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 60°–85°F. Mild Climates: Fall sowing for winter bloom is recommended.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 5–15 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A pinch of 20–30 seeds every 6″
Thinning: Not required