They’re the beautiful answer to the drab areas in your landscape that just Won’t. Grow. Anything.
And don’t let their dainty, tiny, bell-shaped flowers fool you. Lily-of-the-valley is not delicate. This spreading perennial is hardy as can be, and it’s happiest deep in the shade, although it can also thrive in part-sun.
Yep, where others fail to thrive (or even survive?), give this dainty champ a try.
One of the more fragrant blooms you’ll find, lily-of-the-valley blossoms in early spring and early summer as a reliable, hardy perennial (in USDA Zones 2-9).
The bell-shaped flowers emit a sweet perfume fragrance and the bright-green, lance-shaped leaves are typically 4 to 8 inches high and 4 inches wide.
Lily-of-the-valley thrive in shade and moist soil; they’re a fantastic addition to wooded areas.
When To Plant
To ensure success with your lily-of-the-valley plants, it’s important to know when to plant them. The best time? Late fall. Cool winter temperatures allow for the proper dormancy period. When planting, keep it away from children and pets as the plant is is a poisonous plant.
Should you wish to divide lily-of-the-valley plants, as they do multiply rapidly, November is the ideal time for division. Simply dig up and gently divide its pips (“pips” are the single underground rhizome of the plant), and replant. Enjoy this shade-loving, hardy, delicately-flowered beauty!