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Look for this plant - Dark Knight™ Sweet Alyssum Lobularia hybrid

Updated on January 28, 2015
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I inherited my love of gardening from mother and grandmother. I am a garden blogger, freelance writer, and Master Gardener emeritus.

A Sweet Alyssum spring debut

Dark Knight™ Sweet Alyssum Lobularia and Diamond Frost® Euphorbia blooming and beautiful in hot, humid August.
Dark Knight™ Sweet Alyssum Lobularia and Diamond Frost® Euphorbia blooming and beautiful in hot, humid August. | Source

Lightly scented sweet alyssum

Loads of sweet little lavender flowers.
Loads of sweet little lavender flowers. | Source

New plant introduction

The lobularia was so small when it arrived; I planted it in a hanging basket with a favorite Diamond Frost Euphorbia. It could have filled the basket without the euphorbia.

The hanging basket of Lobularia and Euphorbia got regular water through the spring and summer. The basket rarely got fertilizer. The little flowers continued to grow and fill the basket all summer.

Dark Knight Lobularia has a light fragrance. I did not notice the scent, the baskets hang high so tall-dark-and-handsome won't bang his head. Butterflies like these mounded plants.

This is a continuous bloomer. It was beautiful, loaded with tiny fade proof flowers all summer. No need for deadheading.

Mid summer, you can trim it up to get it into perfect shape, I didn't. This tireless bloomer did well in the cool spring and fall. Plus, it can take the heat of the hot humid summers.

Unlike some Sweet Alyssums, Dark Knight™ is a nonstop bloomer, even during the heat wave. It would make a great low border or edging.

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A pop of color

Dark Knight™ will bloom longer than most varieties of Sweet Alyssum.
Dark Knight™ will bloom longer than most varieties of Sweet Alyssum. | Source

Planting purple

plant name
I love it because
put it here
Grows best in zones
Purple Pansy Viola x wittrockiana
Blooms early spring to late fall
containers, beds
7-11, sun, part sun
Sweet Alyssums, Dark Knight Lobularia
carefree continuous color
hanging baskets, borders
9-11*, sun, part sun
Catalina® Grape-O-Licious Wishbone Flower
continuous blooms
window box, patio plant
10-11**, shade or part sun
Blue Casbah® - Moroccan Glory Vine
low, dense growing
hanging basket, edging
9-11***, sun or part sun
 
 
 
 
*Dark Knight is listed for zones 9-11, but it bloomed all summer in my zone 6 garden. **Catalina® Grape-O-Licious is listed for 10-11, It was a standout on my zone 6 patio. ***Blue Casbah® - Moroccan Glory Vine, rated for 9-11, did great in zon

Purple plants

Romantic name, romantic color. Looks delicate, but is tough and can take sun and heat.
Romantic name, romantic color. Looks delicate, but is tough and can take sun and heat. | Source
Great combo with other colors of the same plant. Gilded Grape, and Midnight Blue.
Great combo with other colors of the same plant. Gilded Grape, and Midnight Blue. | Source
Dark Knight™ - Sweet Alyssum, loaded with little multi-colored lavender/purple flowers
Dark Knight™ - Sweet Alyssum, loaded with little multi-colored lavender/purple flowers | Source
Purple Pansy Viola x wittrockiana - deep, clear color.
Purple Pansy Viola x wittrockiana - deep, clear color. | Source

Look for Dark Knight™ this spring

Dark Knight™ Sweet Alyssum Lobularia hybrid was sent to me by Proven Winners last spring as a trial plant. You can find this hardy annual in garden centers wearing a Proven Winners plant tag.

I planted Dark Knight™ Sweet Alyssum Lobularia with Diamond Frost® Euphorbia in hanging baskets.

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Clouds of tiny white flowers

Diamond Frost® Euphorbia is the perfect addition to hanging baskets and containers.
Diamond Frost® Euphorbia is the perfect addition to hanging baskets and containers. | Source

Diamond Frost® Euphorbia

I am a great fan of Diamond Frost® (goes with anything) Euphorbia. It finds a place in my gardens every year. This euphorbia is a cloud of white flowers that reminds me of weddings and happy celebrations.

You can never have too much Diamond Frost® Euphorbia.

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  • Jean Bakula profile image

    Jean Bakula 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    Patsybell,

    I'm thinking of having some of the trees either taken town or at least trimmed a little, that may help. The woods are so deep, the trees get very tall, as they have to reach so high to get light. Many tree experts want as much as $1,000.00 a tree to take them down. But there are a few smaller ones my son can probably take down, and maybe a good trim on a few wouldn't cost so much. Thanks for the idea.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Jean Bakula, Thank you. This is helpful. I'm working on that hub. Do you want that many trees? A good arborist could open them up. It would be heavily shaded but not as dark all the time. A little professional tree work can make a big difference and make the trees safer and healthier.

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    Jean Bakula 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    Hi Patsybell,

    I usually order my bulbs from Breck's. I looked it up and I am in Zone 6, in New Jersey. My house is surrounded by trees, so often the catalogue says the plants are OK for deep shade, but apparently aren't OK for shade this deep. I've tried Hardy Cyclamen, both the Spring and Summer varieties. The greenery comes up, with a little silver in it. But after 5 yrs. this is the first year I got some pink flowers on them. And now I'm not sure if it was the Spring or Summer one.

    The soil is rocky with a lot of clay. I have a lot of raised beds and large flowerpots, that's where I usually plant the annuals. Violas do well, but I only get a few late Spring weeks out of them. Thanks for the tip about the cutworm. Another person told me that many of the impatiens in my state of NJ were infested with cutworm. So maybe that means I don't have to get all new soil for my pots.

    I bought four new Hostas, one white, one dark blue/green, and two others, to make a border in an area where I need it. They look pretty when the purple flowers bloom. Thanks for your help.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Jean Bakula, I would love to know what worked for you. Can you tell me what garden zone you live in, please.

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    Jean Bakula 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    Thank you, I will try that. I have coffee grounds every morning!

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Jean Bakula, Try these suggestions for cutworms. Sprinkle a layer for coffee grounds or crushed egg shells around the plant. Make a collar out of paper or plastic. Like a toilet paper tube. Press the tube at least one inch into the soil and a couple of inches above the soil.

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    Jean Bakula 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    Thanks Patsybell,

    I'll be looking for Hot New Shade Perennials with interest. Even though Hostas are getting more chartreuse, and blue/green/ how many can you stand? And I'm not sure the cutworm issue is over with impatiens yet.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Joyfulcrown, Thanks for your comment. I love the idea of welcoming pansys by the front door. You can change the colors every year for variety.

    I appreciate you reading my hubs.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Joyfulcrown, Thanks for your comment. I love the idea of welcoming pansys by the front door. You can change the colors every year for variety.

    I appreciate you reading my hubs.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Frank Atanacio, If I were planting companion plants with strawberries,

    I might plant the herb Borage (Borago officials) which is blue-flowering classic companion.

    For an annual, plant Bush Beans because they fix the nitrogen in the soil.

    I always appreciate your comments. Thank you.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Jean Bakula, Thanks for asking, yes I do have some ideas for shade-loving plants and perennials. I am going to write a hub about these shady plants because You deserve a better answer than will fit in this tiny space.

    The hub will be: Hot new perennials and plants for shade.

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    Frank Atanacio 

    3 years ago from Shelton

    i'm not a gardener, but find this hub colorful, useful.. I do however grow Strawberries.. and other berries.. but imagine plants like these between the berries.. hmm maybe I would be referred to as a gardener..LOL thanks for the share...

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    Joyfulcrown 

    3 years ago

    The Pansy one of my most favorite flowers. I have some growing near my front door. Thanks for the very useful hub.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    LisaRoppolo, If you go to the Proven Winners site and type in your zip code they will show where you can get this plant. Thank you.

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    Jean Bakula 

    3 years ago from New Jersey

    Do the purple flowers do well in the shade? I live in a very wooded area, but love gardening. Bulbs like daffodil, tulip, crocus, and others do well in Spring, as the leaves aren't on the trees yet. But once the trees bloom, I have deep shade. I usually plant hostas, and planter boxes of impatiens. I like in NJ, and in the last few years, the impatiens had cutworm, and only bloomed for a few months, when normally they look good from May until the first frost. Can you suggest any shade loving perennials? Thanks.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    AudreyHowitt, Thanks for reading my hubs. I know you will enjoy this new purple floor.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    AudreyHowitt, it is so exciting to hear that someone needs to get out to prune and weed. I am about 8 weeks from getting in the garden. You give me hope that spring is coming. A thousand thanks!

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Jackie Lynnley, Welcome and Thank you. I love to help other gardeners and always learn something from readers.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    MsDora, it is always a good day when I see you read my hub. I will receive a big box of new trial plants in late spring. It is always fun to get the plants a year before the public. Thank you for reading my hubs.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Phyllis Doyle, Thank you for your comments. I am honored that your read my hubs.

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    Lisa Roppolo 

    3 years ago from Joliet, IL

    Ah I need this plant! I will add it to the long wish list I have going for this growing season. Lol

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    Audrey Howitt 

    3 years ago from California

    I too love Alyssum! The purple in particular--but I tend to love most purple plants! I need to get out there and do some weeding and pruning!

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I have those but didn't know what they were; thanks for letting me know! ^+

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    Dora Weithers 

    3 years ago from The Caribbean

    Patsy Bell, is it still a garden if it is not as exquisite as yours? Thanks for the sight and details of the Sweet Alyssum. I appreciate your garden coaching.

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 

    3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    Hi Patsybell. I love all the alyssum plants. Dark Knight is lovely and so pretty with the Euphorbia. I will certainly look for these two at my garden center for hanging baskets on my patio. Thanks so much for this hub.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    7 years is just the start of your lifetime gardening addiction. Thanks for your kind words.

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    Ann Carr 

    3 years ago from SW England

    I love Alyssum; it's so versatile and fills little areas with splashes of colour. I have a long, slabbed garden with a couple of very small beds and many tubs large and small. Blues and purples are great, like lavender. I also love huge daffodils for the springtime.

    My garden is slowly taking shape and with the table and chairs now sorted it's much more conducive to sitting out in the summer - I've only been here for 7 years!!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and practicality in this interesting and useful hub.

    Ann

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