Few annual plants can match the heat and drought hardiness as sweet alyssum. These flowers are so-named for their lively fragrance and are members of the mustard family. They will self-sow and can provide you with year after year of bright color in milder climates.
These small plants may get to 3 to 6 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. They produce clusters of tiny blooms in clumps of either white, pink, or purple colors. They are a great addition to your butterfly gardens.
Sweet alyssum plants prefer soil that is moist and well-drained. They can also be planted in a hanging basket, borders, planters, or in soil. A bonus is pollinators like butterflies and bees are drawn to these plants. White and purple alyssum are currently in bloom in the Butterfly Garden of the Sarasota Garden Club. 1131 Boulevard of the Arts.
For more information, visit SarasotaGardenClub.org.
Submitted by Kay Weber, Sarasota Garden Club, Botanical Gardens chair