Growing Basket of Gold Alyssum Flower Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Aurinia saxatilis 'compacta'
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- Sow Indoors or Outdoors: Indoors: begin in containers 6-8 weeks before the last frost. However, they are best grown beginning outdoors when the weather is warm and frost has passed.
- Days to Maturity: The yellow flowers will begin blooming 7-21 days after sowing.
- Hardiness Zone: Commonly grown in 3-7 but can grow in 8-10 but will be short-lived
- Planting Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Spacing: 9 – 12"
- Row Spacing: 12"
- Growth Habit: Mound
- Soil Preference: Well drained, low fertility soil, chalk, loam, sand. A very thin layer of organic mulch or gravel can help with moisture. Only use fertilizer every other year or so.
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full and/or partial.
- Diseases/pests/possible problems: Too much water can cause root rot..
- Color: Yellow flowers with a blue-gray leaf underneath.
Alyssum adapts well to a variety of climates and soils, making it great for beginners. Basket of Gold blends well with any type of garden, including xeriscapes and rock gardens. Folks often use it to fill in gaps between rocks and plants. Foliage is a silvery evergreen color. This perennial is persistant being drought tolerant and deer resistant. Plant alongside Cress. Attracts bees, birds, and butterflies.
Alyssum flowers are best established directly outdoors, when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Scatter your Alyssum seeds to the surface of the soil, lightly covering the seed with 1/16” of topsoil. The soil need not be rich because it grows best in, low fertility, well-drained soil, chalk, loam, or sand. However, the alyssum seeds can be started indoors, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Transplant when all danger of frost has passed, later in the season. Plant in sun and/or part shade. Too much sun will lessen the blooms and keep the soil moist. When the flowers have faded, cut them back by 1/3 of the plant’s size and this will promote more blooming.