Perennials forum: Lily of the valley aftercare?

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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 20, 2017 5:39 PM CST
What do you do when your lily of the valley flops, turns brown, and rather melts into a big ugly mess? Mine is at that point. I've always just let is die a normal death, but am wondering if I can cut it back to ground level, or cover with shredded leaves, or...??
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 23, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Lily of the valley never look good this time of year. I've never really paid attention to it but if the appearance really nags at me, I'll cut it down. Never thought about covering it with shredded leaves - seems like a good idea. Can't think of any negatives to that option.
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Aug 28, 2017 10:38 PM CST
Still trying to get rid of the little buggers Grumbling
They are ok in a pot if you don't want them spreading everywhere.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Aug 29, 2017 6:39 AM CST
Mike - yeah - lily of the valley never stay in one spot for very long.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Aug 30, 2017 3:20 PM CST
I don't find them particularly invasive. They do multiply freely, and sometimes get too thick to bloom properly, but I don't find them anywhere I have not actually planted them. Good groundcover until late summer when they look raggedy.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Aug 30, 2017 4:20 PM CST
Deb - mine have been in the ground for about 25 years so they have spread out quite a bit.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Oct 5, 2017 1:14 PM CST
Mine are also about that old. I find them to be pretty self-regulating. I moved some below a cherry tree and they have spread out nicely except where it is too sunny on the west side. There is a definite line they don't seem to cross. Kind of funny. I've seen a nice combo of melianthemum (false lily of the valley) with regular ones at the base of evergreens and rhodies.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Oct 5, 2017 1:32 PM CST
I don't know about self-regulating - maybe in terms of hot sun? Mine are so intermingled with other things by now that there is no "nice" bed of them anywhere" - just drifts halfway hidden.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Beth J
Oberlin, OH (Zone 5b)
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Midwestbeth
Oct 8, 2017 3:07 PM CST
My lily of the valley still look decent. I do have red berries on them though?? Is that normal? I'm a new gardener and I just transplanted three of them from my mom's garden earlier this year. Confused
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Oct 8, 2017 5:15 PM CST
Beth - they must be happy. I don't think I ever noticed little berries on mine. I'm rather neglectful with them.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Beth J
Oberlin, OH (Zone 5b)
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Midwestbeth
Oct 8, 2017 5:25 PM CST
Cindy, we have chickens, as did the previous homeowners. They left us a gorgeous compost pile, even though they never gardener! All of my plants live in gorgeous soil!! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Oct 8, 2017 5:26 PM CST
Yea for chickens. I bet your soil is great!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Beth J
Oberlin, OH (Zone 5b)
Cottage Gardener
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Midwestbeth
Oct 8, 2017 6:10 PM CST
It's also farm country here! I'm in luck because I don't have a green thumb but do have awesome resources. It seems all I have to do is stick the plants in the ground and they flourish. I have been cursed though with an acre of weeds and poison ivy in the backyard. I'll work on that part NEXT summer!! Crossing Fingers!
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Oct 9, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Beth the seeds usually start out a pale white/yellow then start to fade to a reddish color as it ages.
Great soil always work wonders.
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