Favorite May plant – Lilies of the Valley

Lilies of the Valley
Delicate with their tiny white bells, they may appear as subtle blooms in the azalea and dogwood festooned landscape of the moment. But no matter how hidden they are behind their broad green leaves, Lilies of the Valley assert themselves with an outsized scent that smells sweetly of spring. Properly known as Convallaria majalis, this hardy perennial will spread through underground rhizomes to provide reliable groundcover under heavy shade. Best known for their spring display, their cool greenness carries them through the summer, paired with seasonally festive orange red berries in the fall. They’re best used en masse, where their aggressive nature won’t crowd other plants. Plant collectors may want to seek out unusual forms, like those with double flowers, variegated foliage, or rose colored bells.

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