Growing a Liriope Plant in Your Sustainable Garden
You do not have to be an expert to appreciate a good landscape design. A sustainable garden is a great way to enhance the appearance of your home. A landscaping professional is one resource for you to learn all the ins and outs of having a successful garden. One of the joys of your sustainable garden comes in choosing the right plants to have.
Selecting The Right Plants For Your Garden –
Selecting a professional and experienced garden design company is an important decision. Selecting the right plants for your new garden is equally important, as this decision will make an impact on your property for years to come. Liriope plants are a great addition as these foliage plants produce beautiful flowers and are sure to be a hit in any sustainable landscape design.
Liriope plants can be categorized into four species. These include: Exiliflora, Gigantea, Muscari and Spicata. A common name for Liriope is “Lilyturf” and this is often referring to the Muscari and Spicata species. These two are the most common species to be cultivated in Australian gardens.
Many people select Liriope plants for their gardens due to their beautiful bell shaped purple flowers and their large evergreen leaves. Additionally, these plants are very easy to maintain and can easily withstand the harsh Australian weather conditions.
How To Grow Liriope –
Growing Liriope plants is moderately easy. The Muscari is generally used along pavement and walkways, or even along foundations of houses. This beautiful plant grows in clumps anywhere from 12 to 18 inches in diameter.
Liriope Spicata is generally grown under trees and shrubs as ground cover. The main reason is that the plant quickly spreads its underground stems which makes it an ideal choice for slopes and banks.
Liriope will grow in a variety of conditions. These plants require moist soil that drains easily. Whilst the plants flower mostly in direct sunlight, they can easily withstand diverse conditions. Some of these conditions include any amount of sun, heat, and even a drought. A surprising fact is the plant can even withstand salt spray.
When planting mature Liriope, it is important to space them approximately 30cm apart from each other. You can even increase the spread of the plant by transplanting it when it is about 3 to 4 years old. This is just for your convenience; the plant does not need this for its own health.
When mowing, you should set the blade at the highest setting so you do not injure the crown. Mowing should be done in late winter before the plant starts to grow. The reasoning behind this is it will help prevent anthracnose, which is a fungal disease.