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Despite its name, lily of the valley isn’t an actual lily but is part of the asparagus family. Its charming, delicate flowers and beautiful fragrance contrast heavily with the plant’s toxicity and vigorous spreading. Some parts of the U.S. even view it as an invasive species because it covers an area so easily. But if you’re willing to combat the spread and toxicity, you can fill your yard with one of the most beautiful flowers around.

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1. Growing lily of the valley

This interesting plant grows in almost any location as long as there is at least partial shade. Plant lily of the valley in dappled shade for the best growth. Be careful when selecting your growing area as the plant can easily colonize and dominate an area, especially in moist, cool environments. Usually, you don’t need to pay much attention to lily of the valley beyond preventing its spread, but flowering can decrease over time. If this occurs, simply lift and divide the plants.

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