Summer Romance forms a tapestry of soft color in shades of lavender, violet, rose-pink and white. The 4 to 6 inch plants are soon covered with blossom clusters that literally cloak the ground with pretty colors. The little flowers have a lovely perfume that floats on summer breezes and sweet nectar that attracts gliding butterflies and many other pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden. This fine Dutch seed blend grows easily and reliably with a long season of bloom.
Seed Count: Approx. 500 / Weight: 0.15 grams
Planting Instructions: Easiest to plant directly in the garden. Plant in early spring in well-worked soil in a sunny spot. Sow 1/2 inch apart and barely cover. Keep evenly moist while awaiting germination. Seedlings will create a carpet of fine textured leaves, followed by a blanket of soft, airy flowers.
Start indoors: Sow indoors 3 to 4 weeks before last frost in a large seed flat. Broadcast seeds 1/2 to 1 inch apart. To transplant, separate clusters of 4 to 5 seedlings and plant each cluster 3 to 5 inches apart.
Given ordinary garden soil and even moisture, alyssum grows easily and blooms profusely just 6 to 8 weeks from sowing. Plants stay compact and don't get rangy. After the first flush of intense flowering is over, cut plants back halfway to re-bloom abundantly. In mild winter areas, sow alyssum in the fall around bulbs, in containers or to cover bare areas. Plants overwinter to bloom all spring in a pretty carpet of pastel shades.