Great for the woodland garden as a lush carpet under Camellias, Rhododendrons, or Pieris. Produces fragrant, white, bell-shaped flowers on arching stems above the elliptic foliage. Perennial.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.
Ideally suited for acidic soils beneath groves of both evergreen and deciduous canopy trees. Naturalizes well in organic soils and spreads to create colonies or masses of groundcover that produce fragrant cutting flowers. Spot into beds and borders influenced by shade of tall buildings or nearby trees. Perfect for protected foundatin planting to add early spring interest. Small stature is perfect for small urban gardens where the bell shaped flowers can be enjoyed close up.
These plants are excellent with longer term performers such as Blue Cadet Hosta, (Hosta x 'Blue Cadet'), Stuart Boothman Bleeding Heart, (Heuchera eximia 'Stuart Boothman'), Mrs. Charles Cobb Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Mrs. Charles Cobb'), complement Scarlet Cardinal Flower, (Lobelia x ' complement Scarlet'), and stunning Black Barlow Columbine, (Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow').
Lily of the Valley is native over a huge range of temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Plants are found in woodlands where there is rich accumulations of organic matter and acidic soils. It figures largely into northern garden traditions and is a component of Chinese medicine. This plant should be considered poisonous to both humans and pets.
Lily of the Valley is sold in the streets of France each year on May 1st, a tradition that sprang from the belief that the flowers are "Mary's tears", springing up as each was shed at the foot of the cross.