Commonly known as monkey grass or spider grass, Liriope is a dark green, ribbon-like foliage and is one of the best and most beautiful ground covers for shady gardens. It makes an attractive perennial border, especially in areas where it is difficult to grow anything else and is a common landscaping feature in the South – but is so versatile that it can grow nearly anywhere. With so many possibilities, Liriope and easy maintenance option that offers homeowners countless possibilities for use in the lawn and surrounding landscape.
In summer, Liriope produces spikes of small purple, violet, or white flowers, resembling grape hyacinth flowers, followed by pea-sized black or white berries in autumn. In winter, flowers give way to blackish berries. A tufted, tuberous-rooted, grass-like perennial which typically grows 12-18 inches tall, Liriope features clumps of strap-like, arching, glossy, and dark green leaves.
This sturdy little plant adapts to a wide range of conditions, including dry soil, extreme heat, and deep shade. In general, Liriopes thrives in full or partial shade and can be grown in full sun if the soil is sufficiently moist. It spreads quite fast in reasonable soil, creating a substantial tuberous root mass and also tolerates heat, humidity, and drought. Once established, keep the soil moist for the first few weeks, and after the plants begin to show steady growth, you can cut back on the water. Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring.