Mine do best in shade but their best isn't that great for me
Susan....I have just moved mine (again) as they failed to do anything this year. I too have them in a woodland type area but whilst they produce healthy leaf growth, that's been about it.
OTOH, my Solomon's Seal thrives in the same setting
No, definitely not Susan.
Not enough, Can't get them to thrive.
But, like Philippa, the Solomons seal goes well.
My mother had a huge patch in shade, her soil was gravelly and like concrete in summer. With hindsight (I wasn't a gardener then) they may not have been brilliant but it was a big patch and they flowered
Mine are in a very shady area, in fact it hardly gets any sun. A friend gave me a small clump some years ago and they did take a while to get going. Now they are lovely and are spreading which I don't mind one bit.
Mine are in a spring flowering bed in the lee of a wall. Starts with forsythia bush, lilac tree, pulmonary a helibores, then up pop the Lily of the valley, ( never too many for me) they are such a delicate beauty. They are coming up in the path now but just along the side and the few I dug up and transplanted a few years ago have thrived in between the fritillaries .
i have been in this garden 8 growing seasons and they are just a joy, never able to be called a thug.
I keep mine in pots, I can control the slug population better in there, as soon as they poke through the soil, they get chewed back.
Lilly........did you start your Fritillaries ( meleagris ? ) from "green" plants or dried bulbs ? I used to grow various ones years ago and would like to try them again but seem to recall the little shrivelled jobs rarely did much. Any advice re a supplier ?
i bought three bulbs from a catalogue, it's so long ago I am sorry I can't remember which. I have no loyalty I am afraid, I just go with the one with the best deals!
It is probably sheer luck that they are doing so well, it's the sunny end of the bed and I have a thick layer of chipbark so there is good drainage. I haven't tried moving them but I do move my Lily of the Valley in the green. Just added 3 trilliums has anyone any tips on them? I have lost them before and they are so expensive!