The lily-of-the-valley, Convallaria majalis, that I planted a couple of seasons ago is finally starting to do what it does best–spread! If you’re not careful, this unassuming little plant can be invasive, but if you grow it in an area where you don’t mind it filling in, it’s a wonderful groundcover for gloomier parts of the garden, even dry shade! Hardy to zones 2-8 and growing a mere 6-8 inches high, it produces sprigs of waxed-paper-like nodding, white, bell-shaped flowers on slender stems tucked between bright green leaves in mid-late spring. Phew! That was a mouthful. And of course the scent is indescribably beautiful. Haunting, even. In fact, I can’t stop sticking my nose in this bouquet which is now beside my computer. I was first introduced to growing lily-of-the-valley by a friend who dug up a clump from her garden to give to me and I’ll always be grateful. That’s why I think the best way to enjoy it is to share it with others. So while I can’t give you some in person, these photos are for you!

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