Two years ago, I wrote a post on my blog about Candytuft, a wonderful evergreen perennial that’s covered with stunning masses of white flowers each Spring. To date, that post is still one of my most popular, and I thought I’d share with you why I love this plant so much.
My favorite description of this pretty Spring perennial is actually my own: Candytuft is like Alyssum on steroids!
Candytuft is a reliable bloomer, providing brilliant color before other perennials begin to grow.
This year, Spring got off to a late start after all of the snow and freezing cold weather we had during the Winter. The bright white flower bed is a focal point while our Hydrangea plants are just starting to bud:
No special care is needed once your plants are established. The first season we watered these plants a lot. And they still need to drink a lot of water (Don’t we all?) when the temperatures soar each Summer.
Candytuft does best in Full Sun, with regular watering.
The stems and leaves are bright green, a perfect backdrop to its pretty white flowers . . .
Candytuft is evergreen, which means the plant remains green year-round.
When it’s finished blooming , the eye is drawn to the Hydrangeas blooms instead.
Here’s the same garden in the Fall:
Candytuft is an easy-care border plant that does not spread aggressively. Each plant spreads up to 12 inches in height and up to 1.5 feet wide.
Here’s what our the plants looked like in the Spring of 2012:
And here are the same plants this year (Spring 2014) — grown together and much more lush!
Candytuft is a hardy perennial in zones 3 to 9.
Don’t know which zone you’re in? Use this handy zone locator from the USDA. Just enter your zip code or simply select your state.
This bee seems to love the white flowers as much as I do!
You can read my original post on my Pet Scribbles blog here:
And you can see more of my favorite garden plants here:
What are some of your own favorite plants?
I’d love to know, so please share them in the comments!