Liriope muscari (Lily Turf)
This tough and adaptable grass like perennial has leather evergreen strap like foliage and makes superb ground cover. From August onwards large numbers of wiry purple flushed stems emerge, clothed with bright violet-blue flowers making a stunning late season display.
Lily Turf is really useful to bring colour to the front of beds and borders when many other plants are past their best, they love shade so are ideal for underplanting around larger plants and they can look particularly effective in formal garden designs such as courtyards as they always seem to look good. Larger groups make very striking and ornamental ground cover, perfect for cheering darker and more difficult corners of the garden.
Grow Liriope muscari in well drained soil in partial or even full shade. They will grow in full sun provided the soil does hold at least a little moisture during the Summer.
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Liriope muscari is an evergreen grass-like perennial, they need very little maintenane other than a ‘comb’ through the old foliage removing dead leaves in late winter before growth begins again in Spring.
How to grow Liriope muscari
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Evergreen grass, foliage stays all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil, poorly drained and damp soil
Flowering time: Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 30cm x 45cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Tidy up plants in late winter by removing old and dead growth and the old flower stems before the new foliage emerges in Spring.