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Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis, bears arching racemes of bell-shaped, white flowers with an extremely rich perfume, from late spring. Plants spread quickly in shady positions, making it an excellent choice for a woodland garden or shady borders, particularly underplanting shrubs. It makes an excellent cut flower.
Grow Convallaria majalis in moist soil in partial shade.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Flowers, Scented flowers
Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: September to November
Time to prune: July to August
Time to plant: March to November
Flowering period: May to June
When do you plant them, and are they bulbs or seeds? Would they be suitable to grow in a bit of a wild flower garden?
I have just taken on a new garden, and to my surprise and delight this spring I have found this prolific little plant forming the most beautiful drifts in the heavy shade of a larch and beneath the rhododendron bushes. The soil is acidic and a bit sandy. elsewhere in the garden it can be found spreading happily on the damp and shadier side, even creeping through the grass! :)
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