I adore lilies of the valley (which I call LOTV, for short). Although the season is over, this ultra-easy plant grows well in shady places- even under the overhang of a roof. The ancestors of my lily of the valley came from my own ancestors- likely planted by my great grandfather, who was an avid gardener himself, and given to me when I moved into my new house by my grandmother, who now owns the property where my great grandfather created his garden.
LOTV has also another family connection- this time a tip from my aunt on the other side of the family (who has a lovely garden of her own): don’t plant it where you ever want to plant anything else. It is a pain to remove.
But do plant some in a spare corner: the flowers smell so lovely!