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Plant in terracotta pots and surround the clean dainty white heads of bells and the encircling broad-green leaves with moss - or let it wander in shade
- Position: partial or full shade
- Soil: leafy, fertile, humus-rich, moist soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Ever popular, lily-of-the-valley is an excellent groundcover plant for moist, humus-rich areas of the garden, quickly spreading to form a fragrant carpet of pure white, bell-shaped flowers and long, dark green leaves. The plant flourishes in sun or partial shade, and the diminutive, bell-like flowers are traditionally an important part of spring wedding bouquets. The seeds may cause a mild stomach upset if ingested.
Garden care: Divide and replant congested colonies in September, applying a generous mulch of composted leaf mould around the base of the plant.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten
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I'm looking to buy Lilly of the Valley as a gift, but how will it cope kept in a pot (indoors) for its lifetime?
I know nothing about flowers and I would appreciate all the advice you can offer!
I'm also curious to know how it is delivered/gift wrapped.
Many thanksAsked on 8/2/2013 by James
I'm afraid the lily-of-the-valley will not be happy at all in the long term as an indoor plant, so although your friend could enjoy them inside for a week or so while they are in flower, they should be planted outside as soon as possible.
I hope this helps,Answered on 11/2/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Growing plants for a wedding
Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ..... I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, KateAsked on 8/1/2010 by Kate Olivia Higginbottom
A:Hello Kate, It will be a little hit and miss as a lot will depend on the weather, but the following plants should be in flower around that time. Choisya ternata
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Viburnum x carlcephalum
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.paeonia/ Euphorbia palustris
and if we have a hot start to the summer a couple of roses or some of the earlier lavenders may have started too. I hope this gives you lots of ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/1/2010 by Kate Olivia Higginbottom
A:Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, KateAnswered on 8/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:A new spring border for a windy garden
Hi I have just had a hedge taken down and have a new border. It is overshadowed by a large eucalyptus tree and is in dappled shade until the afternoon, then it is in full sun. I am on top of the Chiltern Hills at 500' elevation and it can be windy. I would like a spring flowering border. I was thinking Hellebores, Pulmonaria and Aquilegias. Any suggestions, please? NicholasAsked on 16/10/2009 by NickLewis
A:Hello Nicholas, If the bed is very windy, then I would keep most things low so they don't get blown over. Therefore, along with the ones you have already selected, I would look at the following. Convallaria http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/wildflowers/convallaria-majalis-/classid.78114/ Epimedium http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.epimedium/ Euphorbia amygdaloides http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/euphorbia-amygdaloides-purpurea/classid.2779/ Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/ Anemone blanda http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/bulbs/other-bulbs/anemone-blanda-blue-flowered/classid.2000015250/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Pieris struggling and 'Lily of the Valley' dying back-why?
Good Afternoon, I recently bought some 'Lily of the Valley' (Convallaria majalis) from Crocus and 3 x hardy annuals and 1 x evergreen bush which were a gift for a friend. They were planted 1 day after deleivery but now the leaves are turning yellow and brown, and the plants have started drooping. Any advice on what could be causing this would be very helpful - I wouldn't have been so worried if it was just the small annual, - but the evergreen shouldn't be doing this. Thank you for any help with this matter,Asked on 31/8/2009 by Teresa Farr
A:Hello There, The Convallarias will be dying back naturally at this time of the year, so I would not be concerned about them. As for the Pieris, these like acidic conditions, so I suspect that it may not be planted in the right soil. The best thing to do would be to pot it up immediately into a really large pot fill with ericaceous compost if your friends soil is not acidic. I hope this helps Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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