White Lily of the Valley
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Convallaria majalis. Made famous anew in Kate Middleton's bridal bouquet, Lily of the Valley is a classic cottage garden gem. Perfectly bell-shaped pendant flowers in stark white have one of the sweetest perfumes imaginable. Beautiful and tidy dark-green foliage. Once established, Lily of the Valley can create a veritable carpet of flowers, especially in moist and shady locations. Height 10-12". Plant pip.
Sold as: Pkg of 10
It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more then a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be awhile before the plant shows itself. Perennials that come to you in pots should be watered well before planting also. Loosen and tight roots and plant at the same depth as the plant was in the pot. If the leaves are green and growing, you should protect them from frosts with mulch, reemay or any blanket. If white or pale yellow shoots have started to develop, protect them from wind and harsh sun until they green up. You can use any of the methods for protection as mentioned. Pay particular attention to watering any new plants during the first season. Once established plants generally have some drought tolerance and will only need to be watered if the season is hot and dry.
Soak pips in warm water for 2-3 hours before planting. Plant the rhizomes (pips) on their sides, 1"-2" deep and 4"-6" apart in very early spring or fall.
Grow in rich, well-drianed soil; full to part shade. Note: Lily of the Valley can be difficult to establish in some areas. It often is more successful to plant the pips (5 per 8" pot) in pots of potting soil and get them growing before planting outside in late spring. Mulch heavily in fall with compost. After a few years, if bloom becomes sparse, lift some of the pips and divide them.