The Q&A Archives: Planting Lily of the Valley

Question: I want to plant Lily of the Valley around my screened-in porch. Do you do this with seeds? When is the best time to plant? Do you begin the seedlings inside? Does this plant do well in sunny or shady areas?

Answer: Lily-of-the-Valley (Convalleria majalis) does best in a shady spot with rich, moist soil that is well amended with organic matter. The north side of a building is often a good spot. If it is planted in too sunny or too dry a spot it will turn brown during the summer. If it is planted in a spot is likes, it will spread and fill in as an aggressive groundcover.

Normally it is planted as "pips" which are sold in both fall and spring to be planted directly in the ground.

Good luck with your project!

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