Bursting out of the ground and growing quickly right now is Lily of the Valley. It’s a low ground cover plant with a lovely little flower and an even lovelier smell. It is shade-loving with a dense root system. As the plants grow, the roots spread and will eventually crowd out weeds and most other nearby plants. Over time, just a few plants will become a lush carpet of green. It’s an extremely tough plant that will grow in almost any type of soil. From Spring to Fall, Lily of the Valley will keep landscaped areas looking neatly maintained with little or no attention. Lily of the valley should not be planted in a perennial garden. Instead, treat it as a ground cover, giving it a place where it can roam. All parts of the plant are highly poisonous, including the red berries which may be attractive to children. If ingested—even in small amounts—the plant can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, reduced heart rate, blurred vision, drowsiness, and red skin rashes. So, keep that in mind if you have pets or small children!