It should be no surprise that ‘Sweet Alice’, Alyssum, is happy in the winter months, flowers it’s head off, is edible, and attracts pollinators (especially bees and hoverflies) – it comes from the Brassica (mustard) family. It’s cousins – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, swede, kohlrabi, mustard and rocket have larger flowers but are equally appealing, enjoy alkaline soil, are happy in cold weather and entirely edible.
~FROST~ These winter seeds are hardy, but if your place gets some serious Jack Frost action or you would like to give your seeds a head start, then even just an upturned plastic ‘roller box’ type container over the top at night with a brick weight on top will be more than enough protection until they get going. You could also try a temporary tunnel, if you are really keen 👍
They might take their sweet time germinating if it is really cold, but about two months after their little seedling heads pop up, you’ll get flowers and won’t look back.
Alyssum seed are tiny. Teeeeny-tiny. To see the two methods we use to plant them, jump over to our sowing guide
Alyssum grows in snowy mounds and will daintily spill over beds, paths, rocks and surround other plants like Snow Cloth. For us though, it’s main benefits are between vegetables. We use them beneath our vertical zucchinis , cucumbers, beans and citrus trees; the intense attraction to Alyssum of hoverflies, which are both effective pollinators and veracious aphid predators, is invaluable. There are many pretty colours these days, but the most attractive to bees and hoverflies are white varieties.
Look wide, Grow well, folks 🌿