Perennials forum: Companion for lily of the valley

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 12, 2015 7:53 PM CST
Any good ideas for something to hide the late summer doldrums of lily of the valley? I have let it colonize under a sweet cherry and it starts looking ratty about now, only to get worse as summer progresses. Dappled shade to full sun, zone 8.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jul 12, 2015 7:57 PM CST
Would you consider clipping them all back at ground level and maybe sprinkling some annual seeds for something you'd like in that spot?
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Jul 12, 2015 8:41 PM CST

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I had put some Turtle Heads in my mothers yard in a part sun area and it has done well with the lily of the valley.
Name: Mary
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Pistil
Jul 13, 2015 3:04 PM CST
Geranium 'Rozanne' sprawls out, does fine in part shade. It takes a long time to spread out in the spring so the lily of the valley should not get overwhelmed (I hope). I find in my spot with some morning sun, a single plant gets over 6 feet across. Then you cut it off in winter, and it grows back the next summer. It also like to climb a bit.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 13, 2015 6:31 PM CST
Thanks, both good thoughts. I have plenty of time to research/decide as I won't be planting anything new until the fall. I'd rather like to put something native in, so will be looking at various web sites to see if I come up with a good match. Then finding a vendor can be a bit of a challenge, although I'm seeing more native nurseries popping up lately.
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gardengus
Jul 13, 2015 7:32 PM CST
My lily of the valley grows on the north side of the house and lives quite happily with hosta, ferns , bleeding hearts, lungwort, and many other shade loving plants.
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although it sounds like you may have too much sun for shade lovers.

Are caladium perennials in your area? I think they would look lovely in your space.
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
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Pistil
Jul 16, 2015 1:40 PM CST
I have been fiddling around a bit with low growing native perennials:
Two natives for dryish shadyish spot that might suit you-
Tiarella trifoliata never stops blooming
Tellima grandiflora I spent $$$ on 'Forest Frost' but it's not really better than the species.

I the jury have not yet decided about Vancouveria, which might be too enthusiastic
Potentilla var. anserina clearly was too enthusiastic
Cornus canadensis may need too much water, but is gorgeous if you can do it.

gus- Caladiums love heat, and here in Washington they often never get going as it is just too cool. Your little shade patch looks lovely.

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