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A step by step guide to growing and caring for liriope



Liriope is one of my favorite plants, I have worked with this grass type on many garden projects at the five-star resort where I was employed many years ago and also as a foreman on a 2 archer estate. These grasses are hardy and can withstand drought conditions. With rich dark green slender leaves and purple flowers that it produces this beauty is used on so many garden designs.

The Liriope do not get that tall, it is more like a ground cover, once this plant is established it is very low maintenance not fussy at all bringing that much need flavor makes the liriope a must have in your home garden so if you are interested in the growth and care of the liriope then stick around as we take our journey into the world of this hardy type plant that is not only a show stopper but is easy to grow and care for.

Planting Location

When choosing a location for your liriope, install in an area that gets full to partial sunlight.

Soil Type

Because this is a hardy type plant liriope can thrive in a range of soils but will not stand up well in soils that have poor drainage.  Install in a soil that drains well.

Watering Methods

Once your liriope is established they can go long periods of time without water, if under very hot conditions your liriope begins to show signs of water stress then go ahead and give them a drink of water.

Fertilizing Methods

Liriope is not fussy when it comes to being feed, to help boost your liriope however a slow release fertilizer may be applied. Before applying fertilizers read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.

Garden insect pests of the liriope

Keep an eye out for these garden pest

  • Snails
  • Slugs
  • Scales

Snails and Slugs

Snails and Slugs cause much damage by eating the plant leaves. To control these pests the use of snail bate will eliminate them.


Scales cause damage by sucking the plants fluid that causes yellow spots to appear on the leaves which will spread if allowed to continue. To bring these garden insect pests under control apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Before applying chemicals read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.

Disease of the liriope

Keeping a watch for these diseases and treating will keep your liriope in tip-top shape.

  • Leaf and Crown Rot
  • Anthracnose

Leaf and Crown Rot

This disease is caused by a fungus, signs that your liriope has this disease include the yellowing of the interior leaves or foliage followed by the basal leaf section turning brown. To avoid the spread of this disease remove infected plants and disposed of.


This disease is encouraged by fungus under extreme moist condition. Signs of this anthracnose are the leaf tips and margins developing reddish-brownish spots. Providing good air circulation by spacing plants along with controlling the moisture with good soil drainage and the removal of diseased plant parts will bring this issue under control.

Ideas where to install your liriope

Here are just a few ideas on where to install your liriope

1. These grasses can be installed and placed in front of a garden bed.

2. Installing them along a fence will work wonders.

3. Planting your liriope grass along a wall will look truly amazing.

4. Installing these grasses near a pond will give that wow.

5. Place some of these grasses along a garden path walkway.

Container grown liriope

A great way to grow liriope is from a container, container gardening is great because with these type gardens you have the upper hand of moving your plants to a more secure environment during adverse conditions. Here are the steps to take when growing liriope from containers.

1. A common thing with growing liriope from a container is using them as an undergrowth around larger plants which really highlights these plants. But if you are using liriope only ensure that your plant is elevated and not sitting low in the pot which will not only not look good but will hinder good air circulation. The soil should be a soil that drains well.

2. Fill the container with soil leaving reaching about 2-3 inches from the rim free of soil. This 2-3 inch spacing will allow you to water your liriope without the soil being washed out of the container. The container should also have drain holes to allow water to have an exit point or find a way to escape.

3. Install your liriope by ensuring they are erected and not planted deeply. Only the root ball should be underground or covered with soil.

4. Adding a layer or two of mulch will not only bring beautification but will also hold moisture.

5. Water your liriope until the water runs out of the drain holes

6. Remember liriope don’t like wet feet because they are drought tolerant so monitor the amount of water they are receiving.

7. Using a slow release fertilizer will offer help, fertilize according to the manufacturer’s label.

Pruning your liriope

Wait until the cold month’s sets in before trimming your liriope, Trimming your liriope during the winter season to mid-March will help to give it a good head start, you will have a nice flush of healthy growth as your liriope produces new growth. The use of a lawnmower with the blades set high will do or if you prefer the use of or a hedge trimmer which is sharp to remove dead foliage can also work.

The final word

Liriope is a garden wonder that can work wonder. These low maintenance plant has proven time and again that they can get the job done. Small in size but big in surprise as they show of their beauty under the harasses of conditions. This grass has made its mark not only on many garden and landscape designs but into the hearts of so many people so if you are interested about what you have just learned then I encourage you to give the liriope a try. You will be amazed at the flavor this plant brings by lighting up your garden and landscape.