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How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Sweet Alyssum are disease-resistant and easily started from seed in your garden, or indoors six weeks before the first frost; plant in full sun in cooler climates but with some afternoon shade in warmer climates
  • There are several drought- and heat-resistant varieties, offering blooms through most of the summer; they may bloom a second time if trimmed back by one-third
  • The leaves and flowers are added to salads for a unique peppery flavor. Traditionally, the plant has also been used to treat conditions such as rabies, edema and dental pain due to cavities
  • Strong companion plants include the Dahlia David Howard, Giant Hyssop and Sedum Herbstfreude, also known as Autumn Joy. Consider using an app to plan your garden, take seasonal notes and share your photos and garden information with friends

Flowers are more than just a pretty way to fill your garden. Apart from their aesthetic quality, they have the power to reduce stress and inspire creative thinking. You might even find yourself less anxious while admiring your garden.


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