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Jun 3, 2018 4:42 AM CST
Name: William
Fairport, NY (Zone 6a)
Hi everyone...it's my first post here!

I am fairly new to gardening(this is my second Spring) and I was wondering if it would be a bad idea to have Lily of the Valley as ground cover in a bed mainly featuring Asiatic, Oriental and Orienpet lilies?

I heave read that the Lily of the Valley is quite invasive and the last thing that I want is for it to somehow harm the growth of my Lilium. Will the Lily of the Valley roots deprive my larger lilies of their growth next year in any way? Should I pluck out my Lily of the Valley shoots now while they are sparse or will they not harm the true lilies in the long run? I live in zone 6(Upstate NY) so everything I've mentioned grows well in my new lily bed.

I welcome any and all suggestions.
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Jun 3, 2018 7:07 AM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
Welcome to NGA William! Lily of the Valley can develop such a thick root system that at some point they could cause problems for your true lilies. There are many other friendlier choices for use as a ground cover. many annuals actually make great companions too.
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Jun 3, 2018 7:22 AM CST
Name: William
Fairport, NY (Zone 6a)
hostasmore said:Welcome to NGA William! Lily of the Valley can develop such a thick root system that at some point they could cause problems for your true lilies. There are many other friendlier choices for use as a ground cover. many annuals actually make great companions too.

Thanks for your input! Could you suggest a friendlier ground cover for the lily bed? (I am not a big annuals fan(except for a few 'plug in' favorites) so I probably wouldn't go that route).
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Jun 3, 2018 7:34 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Some of the lamiums
https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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Jun 3, 2018 7:41 AM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
Ajugas and sedums also come to mind.
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