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Basket-of-gold is one alyssum that comes back. Plant it in fall.

Basket-of-gold is one alyssum that comes back. Plant it in fall

A bright border of golden yellow, soft yellow, or subtle apricot will be your spring and early-summer reward if you plant perennial alyssum (Aurinia saxatilis) this fall.

Whether planted in full sun or in a spot with light shade, this perennial, also known as Alyssum saxatile, provides consistent color. Although generally hardy, it will not survive extreme cold.

Tiny flowers appear in dense clusters atop the gray-green foliage. Plants tend to produce compact dense growth in full sun (to 8 to 12 inches) and develop a more open look in part shade. But even in part shade, they provide showy bloom. Many nurseries will have plants available in sixpacks or 4-inch pots.

The most widely available variety is common basket-of-gold, pictured above, with bright gold blooms. Similar to this, but with double blooms, is double basket-of-gold, known as "Plena' or "Flore Pleno'. A dwart form (which grows to 8 inches tall) is "Compacta'.

For a subtler effect, you might try "Silver Queen', with pale yellow blooms and silvery foliage. "Citrina', also called "Lutea', has delicate yellow blooms as well.

A newcomer, "Sunnyborder Apricot' has apricot-toned blooms and gray-green foliage. If you can't find it at your nursery, order plants from Lamb Nurseries, E. 101 Sharp Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99202. Lamb's free catalog also lists "Silver Queen' and double basket-of-gold.

Perennial alyssum does best in fast-draining soil with moderate watering and feeding. To promote a second bloom period, lightly shear back plants after flowers fade. Plants self-sow readily and are easy to start from seed.

Photo: Frothy golden blooms of basket-of-gold perennial alyssum brighten garden path
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