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Sweet Alyssum (Lobullaria maritima) is a favourite border plant. It lives up to its name as it does have a sweet fragrance. It is easy to grow and is used as a speading groundcover.

A popular border plant that quickly spreads to form a carpet it is also widely used in hanging baskets, where it it encouraged to cascade over the sides. Readily available for sale as seeds or seedlings from Nurseries in a number of colors from white to red.

Sweet alyssum is a low growing annual that makes an excellent plant for rockeries, and garden borders. Covered in masses of fragrant flowers it is long flowering and grows well in full sun to semi shade.


With around 300 species called Alyssum, ioncluding, Alyssum (Aurinia) saxatile Compactum the popular 'Basket of Gold' or 'Gold Dust' it is a little easy to get confused. So look for cultivars such as

  • 'Snow crystals'
  • 'Carpet of Snow'
  • 'Lavender Stream'
  • 'Gold Dust'
  • 'Wonderland Purple'


Easily grown from seed, or seedling plants.


Alyssum plants are available for sale from the following nurseries

Offering a wide selection of bulbs, perennials, grasses, herbs trees and shrubs. Includes: Alyssum (Aurinia) saxatile Compactum