Perennials forum→Lily of the Valley With Lilies?(Oriental/Asiatic/Orienpet)

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Name: William
Fairport, NY (Zone 6a)
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Gareson
Jun 3, 2018 4:42 AM CST
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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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jun 3, 2018 7:07 AM CST
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.
Name: William
Fairport, NY (Zone 6a)
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Gareson
Jun 3, 2018 7:22 AM CST
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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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jun 3, 2018 7:34 AM CST
Some of the lamiums
https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jun 3, 2018 7:41 AM CST
Ajugas and sedums also come to mind.

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