Sweet woodruff

Sweet Woodruff
Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
Sweet woodruff
Sweet woodruff
Sweet Woodruff

Sweet woodruff makes a big statement in the shade garden. In spring, the plants are smothered with white flowers and the foliage has a sweet, haylike fragrance. It makes a great groundcover for hard-to-plant dark corners of the landscape. Sweet woodruff can become invasive if given the right conditions. Plant it where you can control it easily. It does not tolerate drought. 

genus name
  • Galium odoratum
  • Part Sun
  • Shade
plant type
  • 6 to 12 inches
  • 12-18 inches wide
flower color
season features
problem solvers
special features
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

Plant sweet woodruff with

The fine-texture evergreen foliage of sweet woodruff makes a strong contrast to bold hosta leaves. Both plants are workhorse perennials for shady sites.

Coralbells, Heuchera
  • zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • light: Part Sun, Shade, Sun
  • flower color: Green, Red, White, Pink
  • foliage color: Purple/Burgundy, Chartreuse/Gold, Gray/Silver
  • plant type: Perennial
  • height: 1 to 3 feet
  • season features: Spring Bloom, Fall Bloom, Summer Bloom, Colorful Fall Foliage, Winter Interest
  • special features: Low Maintenance, Attracts Birds, Good for Containers, Cut Flowers
  • problem solvers: Groundcover, Slope/Erosion Control

Available with foliage in hues ranging from maroon to purple, green, peach, amber, and silver, coralbells bring a dash of color to the shade garden. The glossy green dissected leaves and white blossoms of sweet woodruff team nicely with the bold foliage and airy flower stalks of coralbells.

Rhododendron Shrub, Rhododendron
  • zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • light: Part Sun, Shade
  • flower color: Purple, Red, Orange, White, Pink, Yellow
  • foliage color: Blue/Green
  • plant type: Shrub
  • height: 3 to 8 feet, 8 to 20 feet
  • season features: Spring Bloom, Fall Bloom, Summer Bloom, Winter Interest
  • special features: Fragrance, Good for Containers
  • problem solvers: Deer Resistant, Good For Privacy

Use sweet woodruff as a groundcover around the base of rhododendrons growing in partial shade. The skirt of greenery anchors rhododendrons in the border and sets off springtime rhododendron blooms.

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