Sweet Alyssum is Truly Sweet!

Started from seed planted only one time, years ago, sweet alyssum has taken my backyard by storm! Also known as Lobularia maritima, these wildflowers are understated beauties that self-seed vigorously, so new plants come back year after year with no further effort on my part. Talk about return on investment! 

I purchased a one-pound plastic container of wildflower seeds (which contains just 27% wildflower seeds and 73% inert matter, in my case) and sprinkled handfuls of seeds over soil I only slightly loosened up with a rake; I then watered and voila, here we are! This is just one of the many wildflower types that now call my garden home. I still have about a quarter of a bucket left.

I have found this to be an inexpensive  and low-effort way to fill in the bare areas of my garden (which can become bare for any of a number of reasons). The results can be quite lovely!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  I recently cleared my garden of sweet alyssum and found that the leaves and flowers of sweet alyssum caused me to develop a rash. This information is not found on my usual toxic plants site, but on this other one:  http://www.stanford.edu/group/EVgarden/PLants%20you%20want%20to%20know.htm

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