commonly know as Lily of the Valley is a herbaceous,
perennial native to the cooler regions
of Asia and Europe.
made into posies in France for May Day due to its
deliciously fragrant and attractive appearance, lily of
the valley can also be a sumptuous addition to any
border, patio or cottage garden. Usually thought of as a
difficult plant to grow lily of the valley is slowly
creeping its way back into our gardens as retailers are
now selling bare root plants and ready potted crowns.
is cheaper to start from pips although these can be
slower to establish, buy the pips and pot them up separately in compost,
water well and allow them to establish fully before
planting out. This process can
also be done midwinter in order to
force the crowns into an early show. When
planting outdoors work in some leaf mould or high quality
garden compost before planting.
an area that is in full or partial shade with moist and
well drained soil that is adequate for the variety you
have chosen, as
with any plant if in doubt always follow the
instructions that are attached. Once your plants are
thriving it all becomes a lot easier as they do not
require any pruning and are generally pest free.
difficulties faced are worthwhile overcoming as once
your plants are established they will provide your
garden with an amazing aroma and a beautiful display of
bell shaped flowers for years to come. Over time your
plants will form a thick carpet and are easily
propagated by division with a sharp spade in the Autumn.
|Hardiness: Fully hardy
depth: Pips 3-5cm
Shade, semi shade, sun if kept moist
Divide in Autumn
Toxic if eaten
Convallaria has been awarded the prestigious award of
garden merit by the RHS. The Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM) helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
This award indicates that the plant is recommended by the
RHS; awards are usually given after a period of trial.
'Lily of the valley' available online..