Hi. I am a new gardener and have a very small space to work with. We live in the city and just have a patch of dirt around a grown tree outside (surrounded by sidewalk) most of which is filled in by tree roots.
Last year we removed all the ivy that had taken over this spot (and, fingers crossed, it does not look like it has come back this year). In early spring we planted a few Lilies of the Valley. They are my favorite flower and my mother actually brought me some pips that she had try to force over the winter for my wedding without success. They are coming up slowly and one has a flower already. She also brought me some pots that had blooms but I did not realize how much water they needed and, unfortunately, the blooms have already faded. (I learned my lesson and am watering the plants every day now rain or not).
I'm trying to figure out what I should plant with the lilies of the valley so that we will have blooms throughout the summer. Any thoughts of what else would do well here? If so please let me know any suggestions on when I should plant them.
The area is somewhat shaded as it is under a tree and on the north side of the building but it still gets a good deal of sun.
Thanks very much in advance.