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22/05/2013 at 16:37

Can anyone please tell me the name of the yellow flowering plant which is trailing over garden walls everywhere at the moment? The best description I can give is that it looks like a bright yellow alyssum. 

Every year when I see it in flower I try to buy some, but have never been able to find any. Hoping someone can help!

22/05/2013 at 17:39

probably is an alyssum Rita. Alyssum saxatile, aka Aurinia saxatilis.

very yellow and out about now

23/05/2013 at 09:21

Many thanks for your swift response and the information! The plants I've seen look well established -  is the Alyssum Saxatile a perennial?

23/05/2013 at 13:53

Yes, and it can become a ferocious weed in the garden - most things that look gorgeous hanging over peoples walls do.  You need to clip it hard after flowering to prevent it seeding around every where.  Other than that, it is a well loved and useful alpine plant.  Available most garden centres around now. 

23/05/2013 at 15:42

Thank you so much for your help - it's nice to know there are people around who are so willing to share their knowledge with an amatuer like me.

Am off to the garden centre tomorrow - wish me luck!

23/05/2013 at 17:44

I think the best thing you can do at a garden centre, is take the amount of cash you are willing to spend, and leave the credit / debit card at home!!!  This is from  someone who accpmanied a friend yesterday, had no intention of buying anything and spent £50+!! Ooops.

23/05/2013 at 20:58

Been there, done Though it was only a tin of paint. Amazing what they sell at Garden Centres these days. Boss had just reminded me, we also bought a loaf of special bread. I was good, no plants..........this time.

23/05/2013 at 22:55

Wot  - no plants? Go back at once ................

24/05/2013 at 08:54

Not from that place...........They wanted £9.99 for a plant I bought elsewhere for £4.50 and they were selling at £6.99 plants I have just spent hours digging out and composting.

To be honest we only go because they have a decent car-park and toilet.

24/05/2013 at 18:17

Yes, it can be amazing the prices some places charge for plants - they always seem to be the ones that have the better non plant facilites too!  One not  a great distance from us charges £9.99 for the so called 'black grass' which I give away in clumps as it roots so easily - maybe I should open a stall at the door!

24/05/2013 at 18:37

Any place that even mentions grass in relation to Ophiopogon is out as far as I'm concerned.

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