Alyssum saxatile is a very hardy perennial requiring little maintenance, and blooms between May and June. It is perfect for rock gardens.
Common name : Basket Of Gold
Scientific name : Alyssum saxatile
Family : Brassicaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Alyssum saxatile is a small, rounded, evergreen perennial growing from 4 to 12in high and forming a mound up to 16-20in across, with the type species bearing flowers a clear yellow, but cultivars produce flowers in white, cream, lemon, peach or gold. As a native to rocky, mountainous places, it is ideal for a rock garden or for edging garden beds, provided the drainage is sufficient. It can also be grown in a pot, or at the edges of larger pots containing bigger plants.
Many cultivars are on the market, including 'Citrina', with paler yellow blooms than the type species, 'Dudley Neville' with golden yellow flowers and 'Variegata' with cream-margined leaves.
Sowing & planting
20 - 30
7 - 8
Plant my basket of gold
Preferably, plant in the fall.
The basket of gold appreciates a mineral environment and a good drainage: it finds its place in a wall of dry stones.
It is important to highlight its lining and falling appearance.
A limestone land does not present a problem. Prepare the soil by digging (to decompact without necessarily turning it, with a pitchfork), a scratching and a raking. Add an amendment, if the soil is not very rich.
Plant the perennials with a spacing of 20 cm between plants. Thoroughly tamp the soilto not let air in contact with the roots, then water abundantly.
Water my basket of gold
Plant resistant to a long period of drought, the watering of the basket of gold will be only very occasional, once the plant well installed in the ground.
In pots, water moderately but allow the substrate to dry well before watering again.
Unless otherwise specified, do not wet the foliage: the plants "drink" by their roots.
Seedlings should be watered gently. Keep them permanently moist to get germination.
Weed my basket of gold
In perennial species, weeding also means working your flowerbed – don't let anything develop too quickly to the detriment of others.
Cut down my basket of gold
Prune short after flowering to obtain a compact habit.
Fertilize my basket of gold
Once a year, preferably at the beginning of winter, bring to the base of your baskets of gold an organic amendment like compost not completely decomposed.
Propagate my basket of gold
The basket of gold has a limited life - about 5 or 6 years.
Think of multiplying it! The seeds of the basket of gold are ripe very quickly after flowering, then cut the short flower stems and keep them in a paper bag. The seeds will fall to the bottom of the bag after a few weeks. Sow in a pot under a winter frame in autumn. You can also let some seeds spread naturally, or if the winter promises to be rough, shelter some seedlings.
Mulch my basket of gold
Mulching the perennial plants will save you from watering and weeding. A mineral mulch is fine for Aurinia, but wood chips will also do.
Check on my basket of gold
Beware of aphids. Treat preferably with ladybug larvae.