Convallaria majalis

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Buy Convallaria majalis lily-of-the-valley: Scented white bells in spring

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in the summer, then fresh new growth will appear again in the spring.

  • Position: partial or full shade
  • Soil: leafy, fertile, humus-rich, moist soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Strongly scented, bell-shaped flowers with waxy textured petals are followed by bright red berries. These appear on slender, upright to gently arching stems, which arise from amongst the lush green foliage.

  • Garden care: Plant bare root rhizomes 5-8cm deep and 20cm apart. 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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Eventual height & spread

Looking forward to spring


Purchased these late in the season so fingers crossed for the spring. A couple disappeared but others had visible leaves for longer.




Growing happily


I have tried to grow these before with no luck. But this time they flowered! 👍




Seem healthy... still waiting for flowers


I followed all the instructions and plants came up very happily in the Spring. They didn't flower this year but I don't think that's unusual and I am confident that they will soon as they are in a spot which suits them and the foliage is nice and healthy. The root system when I bought them was excellent.




I would not buy again


I love lily of the valley and used to have them before changing my garden. The plant arrived looking very healthy with lots of green. It continued with lots of green but never flowered.




Lily of three valley


I was very pleased with the flowers. Just hope they survive this terrible cold weather.




Quality product


The plants arrived in excellent condition and flowered first season. Couldn't be better!


South East


Excellent quality bare root


My order arrived today and was very happy to see how fresh these bare root Lily of the Valley were, with really well established roots and healthy shoots. They are now all potted up, in a cool place in the greenhouse, ready to be planted out later on in the year. Now that I've finally found a sheltered spot in my garden that Lily of the Valley appear to thrive, I'm looking forward to an excellent display next year.

Greg (green fingered but dim)



Convallaria majalis

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Can Lily of the valley be grown successfully in containers on a shady patio?

Mrs F

Hello, These are happiest in the ground where they can spread, however I have often potted them up to enjoy for a year or two on the patio before planting them out in the border.


Hello We have just ordered the bare root plants. Do we bury the whole thing in the soil? We are not sure how to handle these. Any advice welcome. thank you.


Hello there Yes you plant all the rhizomes or roots 5-8cm deep and 20cm apart in a fertile, humus rich soil. Also you can apply a good mulch of leaf mould or well rotted compost.

I bought some lily of the valley last year and planted them in a bed against a north facing wall immediately. The area gets a small amount of sunshine in the morning, but mostly shade, and the soil is rich clay with added grit for drainage. I'm hoping it is still just dormant, but when should I expect to see shoots emerging? I assumed if it was Spring flowering, that I'd see something by now, especially as it's been relatively mild this year. Thanks!


Hello, The foliage tends to emerge around the same time as the flowers in May, so it is still too early too see any signs of growth.


I have divided some lily of the valley from my garden to grow in pots as gifts for next spring. How can I make sure they will flower, as some of the plants come up blind in the soil?


Hello there Lily of the Valley prefer a shady or semi shady site in soil that is moist, but well drained and rich in organic matter. They spread via rhizomes under the soil and they can get congested which then can lead to them not flowering, or overfeeding with nitrogen-rich fertiliser or manure can also stop them flowering. If the flowering continues to be poor and it is not one of the above reasons, an occasional dose of high-potash organic liquid feed may help. For your newly divided plant/rootlets plant in a loam-based compost, water well and allow them to establish for a year before they are planted out. Lily of the valley can take around three to five years to start flowering well. Good luck


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, Kate

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, Kate

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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 Syringa Viburnum x carlcephalum Convallaria majalis Iris Paeonia Euphorbia palustris Aquilegia Ceanothus Skylark 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 Doctor

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

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,

Teresa Farr

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 Doctor

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