Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Landscaping with Liriope Border Grass

Liriope, commonly known as lilyturf or border grass, is a low growing semi-evergreen perennial ground cover.  This ground cover is a fast growing and a good choice for erosion control.  Liriope grass will add eye appealing color and movement to your landscape summer through winter.

Grassy foliage of the liriope border grass

I grow this plant throughout my yard as it is a good landscape ground cover.   I have planted as a border along my garden paths and around my oak and maple trees.  I have also added it to my hosta garden and as a border to my ornamental grass garden.   I like  the grass like foliage that grows upward from a clump, and the lavender flower that blooms in late summer make this plant a feature in my garden. 

The flower is long lived, has no fragrance and when it fades a cluster of blackish berries will appear. These berries are ornamental and will stay on the liriope during winter.

Here are some photographs of liriope gardens and landscape:
Liriope and Hosta Garden
liriope  around maple tree with sweet autumn clematis growing up tree
Spring lirope / trimmed
liriope in bloom, photographed at night

Growing Instructions for Liriope Ground Cover

Choosing a Garden Site
Plant this ground cover in an garden that has good drainage you will also need an area that has part sun to shade.   Liriope does not grow well in intense afternoon sun, as the leaves will become scorched, but it does grow well in morning sun, part shade to shade in the heat of the day and part sun in the evening.

When to Plant
Buy nursery grown plants or bare roots.  If you intend to do a mass planting then it is wise to buy bare roots as they cost less and they grow quickly. 

Plant in spring after the danger of frost has past or in fall.  Note you can plant liriope anytime during the growing season provided you water it daily until the roots establish.

Soak bare root plants in tepid water before planting. The water will hydrate the roots and get them ready for planting.  If you plant the bare root in the early spring and fertilize with spray n' grow then will bloom the first year.

Plant the liriope in a hole that is deep enough to accommodate the roots. Cover the roots with soil that is amended with compost or manure and water well. Space plants 18 inches apart.

Care for your Liriope

Maintain the soil that it is evenly moist but not wet.  Apply two inches of mulch around the liriope to aid in maintaining moisture and to prevent weed growth.  Feed with all purpose fertilizer the first week of August.  Cut back in March before new spring growth. Do this by setting your lawn mower blade on high and mow over the plant.

You can also cut back with weed eater, trim the ground cover to 3 inches, this is a safe height as you do not want to cut too low and damage the crown.

Divide and transplant in spring as needed Fully-grown plants are fifteen inches in height and width.

Do not eat the ornamental berries.

Learn how to divide and transplant liriope border grass by viewing this YouTube.com video:


Sandy Segur said...

Do you know if this grows well in the NW Ohio region? It looks lovely.

Sandy Segur said...

Do you know if these grow well in the NW OHIO regions? I think they look lovely.

S Golis said...

Liriope grows in U.S. plant hardiness zones 6 through 10. Do you know your growing zone? Sandy Seguar