Thrives in a moist situation. Plant 5 cm (2") deep. Flowers sparingly in the first year as it needs to settle, thereafter will flower more profusely each year.
The Queen named Lily of the Valley as her favourite flower – the beautiful, pearl-like ivory bells have featured heavily in royal wedding bouquets, signifying love and fidelity. The distinctive, heady aroma of these humble blooms is often used in luxury perfumes. ‘Berlin Giant’ is an improved strain, with larger blooms and taller stems than the standard varieties, earning itself an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Lily of the Valley pips will quickly naturalise into impressive drifts in the right setting, thriving in shady woodland environments. The elongated stems of ‘Berlin Giant’ make it the ultimate cut flower to fill your home with fragrance.
Flooding the air with exquisite scent, Lily of the Valley is a breath-taking spring delight. The exciting new variety ‘Majalis Rosea’ adorns this woodland classic with a soft, blushing charm: the usually white blooms are suffused with shell pink. Dangling delicately from fine, arching stems, the scalloped bells bob in the breeze against lush green foliage. The ‘pips’ of Convallaria will happily naturalise in a partially shaded spot, providing carpets of hazy pink for under-planting trees, shrubs and perennials. ‘Majalis Rosea’ is also beautiful for forcing indoors, and makes an enchanting cut flower for petite, perfumed bouquets.
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