Sunday, May 06, 2007

Basket of Gold (Aurinia saxatilis)

Basket of Gold
Aurinia saxatilis
(aw-RIN-ee-uh) (saks-A-til-iss)

This is a plant for the rock garden or a dry area in your garden. A customer asked to plant some at the end of her walkway and I said, “You don’t want to try a grow that”, but she was determined and went out and bought some herself and planted it. It of course has grown beautifully and flowers profusely. It is planted in the material they put under the driveway (gravely, sandy mixture). The Daffodils were already there and the Violets seeded them themselves in. This goes to show you that you shouldn’t develop prejudice against certain plants and try and evaluate each situation separately. In my case I had tried Basket of Gold in several areas that weren’t suitable. It likes it dry and a lean soil. Shear after flowering for best results.

Synonyms: Gold Alyssum, Gold Dust, Alyssum saxatile


Anonymous said...

Those are really lovely -- they're a flower I'd never heard of. I love the burst of color!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

genie, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. This usually blooms a little earlier and is always a welcome blast of color in spring.