Lively Lobularia

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Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’

Blue Ribbon Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ is Alyssum with vigor. As a matter of fact, Lobularia was classified under the Alyssum genus until it was named a genus in its own right. While Alyssum comes in more colors, Lobularia has some significant advantages:

  • Lobularia grows larger.
  • Lobularia is more drought-tolerant.
  • Lobularia is more heat-resistant.

Compared to Allysum, Lobularia is like an athlete on steroids. Florets are larger, but they have the same strap-like leaf. Flowers cluster together, though some Lobularia varieties mound into domes while others are more pendulous and drape themselves over edges. Also, Lobularia is mildly scented.

Lobularia works better in scale with more background plants because it is larger. Regular Alyssum can be so short—3 to 6 inches—that the plants can become lost. Lobularia grows from 6 to 12 inches, depending on the series, so it creates a more substantial presence in the garden.

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A flurry of ‘Snow Princess’ is a substantial presence in the garden

There’s plenty of room on the playing field for both Lobularia and Alyssum. Where a very small element is needed—in the front of the border or among a rockery, for example—Alyssum works better. Also, Lobularia only comes in white and lavender while Alyssum has expanded its range of pastel colors.