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I ca't get Lilly of the valley to grow!

I really love these but have never managed to grow them in my own garden. I buy from reputable sellers, have tried direct in ground and in pots/troughs but never had any grow. What am I doing wrong? In desperation I am having some from my neighbour's garden in the hope that, if they grow there, they will grow here


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,173

    You're not alone. Although they have a reputation for spreading it took me 3 goes to get them started. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    Mine came amongst loosestrife from a friend of OH , it is in sun from late morning, I have clay soil but area it is in has hoggin/stone amongst , stays moist there .
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Caro Klein says they're fickle as well.

    Sorry, you'll have to copy and paste link.

    I'm trying again this year with some clumps from a friend's garden, some are in the shady Borders and I'm also experimenting with forcing some in pots in the greenhouse.
  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    I bought my lily of the valley from poundland as a bare root and put it in a pot as I've heard it can be very invasive. Nothing happened the first year and I was advised to leave it alone until the following year.

    It's now grown into a nice clump and comes up every year. Mine have never been fed as they enjoy poor soil  conditions and like to kept on the dry side, I agree they are tricky to get going but are well worth the effort . Mine seem to thrive on neglect. image

  • Thanks all - I'll just keep trying!  Our soil here is very stoney clay, very wet through the winter but dries out quickly/cracks in summer. First year in this property so the entire garden needs attention!

    I have fond memories of lilly of the vally from when I was a child - my dad grew a lovely clump of them under a Forsythia.

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