Sweet Woodruff is an attractive, low, spreading ground cover and edging plant for shady gardens and woodland settings. It does best with rich soil and ample moisture. The leaves and stems have a wonderful vanilla-like fragrance when dried. Plants emit a strong odor of freshly mown hay when foliage is crushed or cut. Aromatic intensity of the foliage increases when dried, thus dried leaves are popularly used in sachets or potpourris.