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If you are looking for a small strappy leaved plant that is great for borders, requires minimal care and provides small flowers in summer to autumn you can’t go past Liriopes (Liriope spp.) These plants are widely used in landscape plantings due to their tough nature and can tolerate full sun to shade, depending on variety. They are also available in a number of variegated forms and flower colours in purple, pink and white. Also a great choice to fill in that bare area in the garden.


How to grow liriopes in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun to full shade (depending on variety). Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down.  Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  5. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

     
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How to grow liriopes in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden that receives full sun to full shade (depending on variety).
  2. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Thrive Natural Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development.

Growing tips

  • To keep the plant looking at its best, regularly remove any of the older or damaged leaves.
  • This plant can be easily propagated through division in spring by carefully removing it from the ground or the pot and dividing into separate clumps with a sharp spade.
  • The most common species available is Liriope muscari. There are many different varieties available from white, purple and pink flowering. 

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