Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 4, Issue 3
   June 2009
 
   Alternatives to Grass Lawns
 

Lily of the Valley*
Another shady option is Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis). This plant is a lovely, lush green color and grows to about 6" (15cm). It fills in so tightly that you'll never have to worry about weeds. Lily of the Valley doesn't need fertilizing, watering, or mowing, and in the spring, you will have a profusion of delicate, fragrant, white bell-shaped flowers.

Be careful where you put these tough little plants because they do spread voraciously and they are very difficult to eradicate once they're out of control. They can, however, create a wonderful, thick green carpet and they need absolutely no maintenance whatsoever.
  Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

One of the most exciting things about all of the these plants is that they are resistant to those nasty white grubs and other lawn pests that so many homeowners struggle with every year.

*Editor's Note: If ingested in large quantities, Lily of the Valley is considered poisonous to humans and family pets, such as cats and dogs. (Government of Canada Poisonous Plants Information System: www.cbif.gc.ca/pls/pp/poison)
 
 
               
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