Variegated Liriope (Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’) is one of my all time favorite plants to use as a border around a planting bed or along a sidewalk or even a driveway. They are colorful, low growing and they flower in mid summer with purple flowers on short spikes about 12″ tall. Probably closer to 8″ tall. Unlike hosta, the flower spikes look like they belong to the plant.
They are super easy to maintain and they are tough as nails! They like any kind of soil, tolerate wet conditions or drought conditions and they are even somewhat salt tolerant. I’ve been using them as border plants for years in many of the landscapes that I’ve done. Over the years I’ve tried all kinds of different border plants. I’ve landscaped over 500 homes in my earlier life so I have experience trying to find a good border plant. Variegated Liriope has out performed and out lasted them all.
When used as a border you can plant them as close as 12″ and as far apart as 24″. I often used them at 24″ apart I have been very happy with the result. They are almost semi evergreen. They’re not really an evergreen, but the foliage isn’t harshly affected by a frost or a freeze. The foliage actually looks okay throughout most of the winter. Then come spring the old growth starts to die back and new growth emerges from the crown.
To maintain them all I do is go out in late fall or early spring, pull all the top foliage into a “pony tail” and clip it off right above the crown. Then all you have left is a little stump of a thing, but as soon as the new growth appears they look great again for another growing season.
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