Lake Bluff, IL Modern GardenContemporary Landscape, Chicago

The walk from the driveway is flanked by beds of Liriope as a substitute for turfgrass. With two large dogs, keeping the old lawn in good shape required constant effort. The new planting scheme meets the client's goal to reduce maintenance

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pamtread wrote:Aug 29, 2014
  • titash
    what is the name of the small tree next to the fence?
  • Darrel Rose

    Can you mow this Lillyturf or how can you maintain it's height

Eddie So wrote:Aug 12, 2014
  • Heather M
    Looks like maple trees

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carolbucknell
Carol Bucknell Garden Design added this to Ground Force: 10 Top Ground Covers for Your GardenSep 15, 2014

10. Liriope muscariAlso known as lilyturf, Liriope forms dense, grassy clumps that are covered in spiky purple-blue flowers in summer and fall. Low in maintenance, apart from the need to keep snails at bay, frost-hardy Liriope is perfect for areas of dry shade under trees and shrubs. It also grows well in full sun and is often used as an edging plant. Large clumps can be divided in autumn after flowering to create new plants. Popular cultivars include ‘Royal Purple’, ‘Variegata’ and ‘Big Blue’.

anniekendall
Annie Thornton added this to 7 Low-Maintenance Lawn AlternativesOct 18, 2013

Lilyturf(Liriope muscari)Commonly called liriope, this evergreen ground cover features dark green strappy leaves and grows well in zones 5 to 10. Similar in appearance to mondo grass, it has leaves that are just a bit wider and grows to a height of 1 foot to 1½ feet tall. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and grows in sun to light shade, and although it is drought tolerant once established, it does best with some consistent irrigation. Native to Eastern Asia, liriope is adapted to many parts of the United States, and can handle light foot traffic on occasion. Growing tip: Place plantings 1 foot apart and lightly mulch between them to discourage weeds until your lawn is filled in.

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ddanca31
ddanca31 added this to SOFTSCAPEJul 2, 2019

Lilyturf (Liriope muscari) Commonly called liriope, this evergreen ground cover features dark green strappy leaves and grows well in zones 5 to 10. Similar in appearance to mondo grass, it has leaves that are just a bit wider and grows to a height of 1 foot to 1½ feet tall. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and grows in sun to light shade, and although it is drought tolerant once established, it does best with some consistent irrigation. Native to Eastern Asia, liriope is adapted to many parts of the United States, and can handle light foot traffic on occasion. Growing tip: Place plantings 1 foot apart and lightly mulch between them to discourage weeds until your lawn is filled in.

albanhastings
alba added this to gardenMay 1, 2019

Beautiful lush look..never going to happen under Gumtree litter...will have to think along different lines

amliv_landdesigns
Amliv Land Designs added this to Laura C.Mar 31, 2019

This is lilyturf or liriope can be grown in sun or shade as one of the alternatives for sod.

brileys_mom
brileys_mom added this to landscapingMar 6, 2019

Lily turf does well in zone 9 and is drought tolerant with regular irrigation.

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