This has quickly become one of the most popular groundcovers for shady areas. Clusters of tiny white flowers make an adorable display in the spring. In moist areas Galium will spread steadily to form a thick carpet. Although nearly evergreen in mild winter regions, the old foliage should be trimmed off in late winter.
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Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff Plants for Sale Online
Sweet Woodruff is a vigorous ground cover that thrives in partially shaded, moist areas with slightly acidic soil. Small, white, star-shaped flowers appear in late spring above a dense carpet of green foliage. The bright green, finely cut leaves are fragrant when crushed making this plant beautiful even when not in bloom.
Use Galium oderatum as an edging along pathways, as an underplanting for large shrubs to hide bare trunks, to hide dying bulb foliage in the late spring, or in naturalized or wild areas.
6 to 8 inches
1 to 1.5 feet
Part sun to full shade
Plant 16" on center when planting as a ground-cover.
Water well until established
Extremely attractive when used as a ground cover in the mixed shade border, mass planting. deer resistant
How to Care for Sweet Woodruff
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
Frequently Asked questions
How do I water Galium odoratum?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Sweet Woodruff a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Galium can be watered well with a sprinkler when planting as a groundcover as they are shallow rooted. Keep in mind that since they are shallow rooted they will not have access to moisture deep in the soil until established.
How do I fertilize Galium odoratum.?
Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. We recommend feeding your Galium in the very early spring and again in mid summer after all new growth has hardened off.. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is the best product to use at the time of planting. Our ideal fertilizer schedule for you to use is as follows. Apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as Espoma Flower-tone at the recommended rate this will give the plant a boost of nitrogen and potash that will be needed for healthy foliage and stem growth. Follow this up with another early summer application of Espoma Flower-Tone, this will again provide the necessary nutrients to promote a flush of beautiful foliage. Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in. Be careful with products such as miracle-grow as these products can burn newly planted plants when not used at the recommended rates. Slow-release fertilizer can help prevent rapid soft growth that is vulnerable to diseases and insects.