I love Lily of the Valley and always had it growing at my first house. But, after 3 major moves, I still am not able to successfully get it to grow and spread, waah! It grew in almost pure sand, in full sun at that first house. The soil has been better and more shaded in the past few houses, yet every year I plant 10 pips and get 4 flowers the following spring. By my estimate, having been in this house for 2 springs now, I should have 20 plants giving me blooms. I'm keeping my fingers crossed this is the year I get enough to fill a vase!
Thank you for the well written article, I will gladly take donations, LOL!
Same here with lily-of-the-valley. I've tried it a couple times and it didn't survive. It's too alkaline, or hot, or dry, or something here. Lois, you can have all of the bushels and bushels of periwinkle in my yard. Agh! (One man's meat is another man's poison.) Great article, though.
Have you ever tried perennial sweet peas? I'm convinced they're impossible to get rid of. Our neighbor planted some and they spread into our yard. She is very sorry she planted them. She wanted something to remind her of her childhood, but I guess they were better-behaved in South Dakota.
L Tilton, it took my periwinkle about 3 or 4 years to take off. Even 10+ years later it still spreads slowly. The rule of thumb around here seems to be that if most people like something I can't grow it well if at all. If most people hate something it will grow like crazy for me.
L Tilton, I think I can find you some seedlings of the perennial sweet peas. If not, I'll save you some seeds this summer if I don't have any right now. I only have 3 colors of them and they aren't fragrant but very hardy here in central MO.