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Lobularia maritima 'Snowdrift'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding or Annual/Biennial

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

sweet alyssum 'Snowdrift'

Family

Brassicaceae


Lobularia can be annuals or perennials, of low spreading habit, with simple leaves and short terminal racemes of 4-petalled, fragrant flowers in summer

'Snowdrift' is a spreading annual to 15cm in height, with pure white, very fragrant flowers in rounded heads, in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Clip over after flowering to encourage further blooms

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in situ in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Slugs and flea beetles may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a downy mildew, club root and white blister