The Basket of Gold, Aurinia saxatilis 'Summit', or perennial alyssum, is one of the most popular of flowering perennials, most often seen in rock gardens or as a border edging.
The Basket of Gold is a drought tolerant, evergreen groundcover that prefers full sun. It forms a low bushy mound of grey-green leaves, smothered by masses of tiny, bright golden-yellow flowers. After bloom, the silver green foliage makes a wonderful groundcover all season long and into the winter!
It is a compact plant of 6-8 inches and has excellent disease resistance. Immediately after blooming, clip plants back by half to keep a dense form and ensure abundant blooms each season.
The Basket of Gold will provide a brilliant shot of color that will attract butterflies, and beautiful, silver green foliage the rest of the year that is anything but boring.
INSTRUCTIONS: Basket Of Gold Germination: For most efficient growth, direct sow the seed in late summer or autumn; it will remain dormant until spring. If started indoors, the seed will need to be stratified. Mix the seed with an equal amount of sand and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks, then sow it in the surface of the soil in a flat. Keep the soil evenly moist and the temperature around 70 degrees F. Germination should take place within 14 days. After the last chance of frost, transplant the seedlings about 12" apart. Seeds can also be direct sown outdoors after being stratified.
Growing Basket Of Gold Seeds: After the plant finishes flowering, the mat of green foliage can be left as ground cover or it can be cut back to tidy its growth; the new leaves will bloom again if the growing season is long enough. Though this plant loves hot sun, humidity will damage its growth. In regions with high heat and humidity, it grows well as an annual that can be removed after it blooms. If soil moisture is excessive or the soil drains poorly, the plant will rot. Basket of Gold will reseed prolifically, producing increased growth every spring. This plant attracts bees, butterflies, and birds as well as repelling deer.
Harvesting Basket Of Gold: Basket of Gold flowers generally perform best in the garden, since they wilt quickly as cut flowers. Saving Basket Of Gold Seeds: When the flowers fade, the seed pods will form. As they mature, they will dry to a papery light tan; remove the stalks individually and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. Thresh them to remove the small yellow seeds from the pods. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
• Masses of Yellow Blooms • Colorful Grey Green Foliage All Season • Hardy Ground-cover
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