Flowering today at JLBG is Liriope gigantea ‘Lynn Lowrey’. This selection is named after the late Texas plantsman, and is the largest form of the largest species of monkey grass. This tight clump former can reach 3.5′ tall, when happy. The flowers don’t emerge until early September, making it one of the latest liriope species
I wonder if the late Atlanta nurseryman, W.L. Monroe had any idea what would become of his white-flowered monkey grass, that he selected as a seedling and subsequently introduced to the gardening world in 1957? In the 65 years that’s passed since it’s introduction, Liriope muscari ‘Monroe White’ is still the gold standard by which
We treasure any plant that makes a great woodland groundcover, and are particularly smitten with the ophiopgon (mondo grass) and liriope (monkey grass) selections. We currently grow over 120 different ophiopogon accesions including quite a number of wild collections, at JLBG…see what a touch of OCD does for you. We’ve grown Ophiopogon ‘Comet’ since 1997,
Flowering this week at JLBG is the little-known, but marvelous Liriope longipedicellata ‘Grape Fizz’, thanks to the exploits of plantsman Darrell Probst. We find this tightly clumping species much more interesting than the more formal Liriope muscari or the weedy, spreading Liriope spicata, and will tolerate full sun to shade. By the way, pedicles are
I just caught Liriope muscari ‘Sideswiped’ in full flower making a lovely show. This unusual selection of the clumping monkey grass has irregular horizontal banding instead of vertical edges…like a zebra miscanthus. The non-weedy liriopes really make a lovely summer show in the garden…just beware of the aggressive spreading Liriope spicata that neighbors share all
Continuing on the yellow theme, here is a patch of the clumping Liriope muscari ‘Peedee Ingot’ in the garden. I just love the bright golden foliage that seems to glow at night from reflected moonlight. This cannot spread, and is not the same species as the weedy Liriope spicata, which can take over the garden.