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Liriope muscari (Lilyturf)

Dark green evergreen grassy stuff – marvellous for luxuriant evergreen ground cover in shady places in not-too-cold-gardens. The only possible other contender for such a title could be Luzula sylvatica but Liriope is more luxuriant. Blue/Purple flower spikes in summer to 1ft – the leaves to about 9″.

Look out for slug damage (we use the horrible but highly effective Slug Death that pretty much does what the name suggests. Ideally, cut down in early March to get nothing but fresh green luxuriance throughout the summer – without last year’s dead leaves. Cut down as low as possible with a rapid swipe of a good sharp pair of Okatsune Shears. You won’t be surprised to hear that we sell such a piece of equipment. Could one just strim it? A bit brutal but I’m sure they’d survive.

Any reasonably well drained soil but they respond well to a bit of food – Nitrogen in particular.

Propagated by division.

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.