|See our gardener Pat Stoeffel trimming the white alyssum border around our tomato plant bed.|
Today when I visited the garden I noticed that our new Good Life Garden gardener, Pat Stoeffel, was trimming back a border of alyssum that was looking particularly rangy. She had given it a trim a couple weeks ago, but here it was leggy again! She wants to keep the area looking nice so she is shearing it back by about half to reveal the new bloomers beneath the old! (See the photos below.)
Do you plant alyssum to attract pollinators to your garden? Do you use it as a border? How do you keep it looking fresh and healthy? Let us know!
|Pat trimmed this alyssum back just a couple weeks ago, but now it needs more pruning. This photo shows a patch of half trimmed, half untrimmed alyssum. Note how she is trimming about half of it back to reveal the newer growth underneath.|
|Pat laughs here because she's feeling more like a barber than a gardener!|
|This is a different patch of alyssum in the garden which nicely frames our bay laurel trees. This patch has not needed any pruning, yet. We think maybe it's because the fertility of the soil may not be as high as our tomato bed.|