Royal Carpet Sweet Alyssum is a cool weather mat-forming annual flower that is native to the Mediterranean region but can be commonly found growing on sandy beaches and dunes throughout the western, eastern, and southern United States. At maturity, this plant features spreading mounds of well-branched stems full of tiny, purple, 4 petaled flowers that smell like warm honey on a cold day! This plant can be grown in a container or hanging basket, attracts bees, butterflies, tolerates drought, it is edible and even has medicinal, properties!
Species: Lobularia maritima
Cultivar: Royal Carpet.
Also Known As: Sweet Alyssum, Sweet Alice, Sweet Alison, Seaside Lobularia.
Native Range: Algeria, Baleares, Corse, Egypt, France, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Sardegna, Sicilia, Sinai, Spain, Tunisia, Yugoslavia.
Introduced into: Alabama, Albania, Altay, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Austria, Azores, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, British Columbia, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central European Rus, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Florida, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Haiti, Hungary, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ireland, Korea, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Louisiana, Madeira, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Northwest, Michigan, Mississippi, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Pennsylvania, Peru, Poland, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, South Australia, South Carolina, Sweden, Taiwan, Tasmania, Texas, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Uruguay, Utah, Vermont, Victoria, Washington, Western Australia, Xinjiang.
Grown as: Annual/Tender Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): April to June
Hardiness: Tender. Annual that dies off in the winter and reseeds for the following year.
Light: Plants prefer full sun but will tolerate light shade in warmer areas.
Water: Dry to medium.
Soil Moisture: Medium moisture, well-drained.
Suitability: Drought, Dry Soil.
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Bees, Butterflies, Hoverflies, and Predatory Wasps.
Containers?: Yes. This plant can be used in containers and hanging baskets.
Sow Depth: On soil surface
USDA Zone: 1-12
Produces: spreading mounds of well-branched stems full of tiny, purple, 4 petaled flowers that smell like warm honey on a cold day!
Garden Uses: Mass in border fronts or rock gardens. Underplanting. Edging and bedding. Mixed containers.
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
This native prairie biennial forms a rosette of leaves the first year, followed by flowers the second year. It is covered with hairs that give it a slightly rough texture. The Green-headed Coneflower (R. laciniata) has yellow ray flowers pointing downward, a greenish-yellow disk, and irregularly divided leaves.
Lavender: Vera (Lavandula angustifolia)
Pansy: Clear Crystals Black(Viola x Wittrockiana)
Pansy: Johnny Jump Up (Viola tricolor)
This bright-eyed flower once grew wild throughout Europe, and was known as "hearts-ease." Other common names included Love in Idleness, the Trinity Herb, and Three Faces in a Hood. Though the identity of "Johnny" is not known, that particular name seems to originate in 18th century America. Thomas Jefferson's notes of his extensive garden show that he planted this flower on April 1, 1767. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Pansy: Giant Flame (Viola × wittrockiana)
Make the plants in your garden pop with a Pansy which produces 3" blooms that are orange with black splotches! This 6-8" bushy, compact, medium sized flower bearing beauty is an excellent choice in borders, beds, containers, or between bulbs.
Petunia: Shanin Wild (Petunia violacea)
Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum)
The original strawflower comes from Australia, where it still grows wild as a native species. The first botanical records of the strawflower date back to 1803, with the publication of a work called Jardin de Malmaison. this book, a catalog of the species grown at the Chateau de Malmaison, was completed by French botanist Etienne Pierre Ventenat at the request of Napoleon's wife Josephine, who had an avid interest in rare plants. Hybrid forms of this flower first became popular in mid 19th century Europe as a result of the horticultural research of expert botanist Herren Ebritsch.