Re: [gardeners] Penny's 18" grass

George Shirley (
Mon, 01 Oct 2001 21:17:51 -0500

Our liriope grows about 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall and has purple bloom spikes in the spring.
I mow it every spring so it doesn't look so ratty all year. We have a narrow leaf variety around
another flower bed that hasn't bloomed once and is rather skimpy. The wide leaf variety is so
prolific we yank half of it out every two years and set it on the curb with "Free" sign on it. Never
lasts more than an hour and it's all gone. Most folks around here call it "monkey grass", don't ask
me why, no monkeys have ever grazed on ours. The stuff grows well down here.


penny x stamm wrote:
> On Mon, 1 Oct 2001 12:33:46 -0500 writes:
> >Your description sounds like Liriope, but it may not get that tall.
> >(Doesn't it have a purple spiky flower?)
> That does indeed sound like the name!  Thank you muchly, since I
> do want several more next spring, to fill the embankment.
> Great!  They are thriving in the shade, which surprises me. All
> the surrounding trees have grown incredibly, and are now cutting
> off much of the original sunshine.
> Last Saturday my young helper and I pruned off the understory of
> my huge red bud tree, and raised the lower level of the heavily
> leafed branches. It already lets in more light (tho not enough) on
> the mountain laurel planted behind, and the two hand-raised special
> rhododendrons I've been nurturing. I adore that red bud all summer
> long, because it is so majestic, and those heart-shaped leaves sway
> with the wind all the time.  I have the same problem with the Kousa
> dogwood -- the lower branches keep the sun away from the white
> azaleas planted behind, and they should have some sunshine. This
> summer was the worst -- the kousa kept the light off the bed of the
> New Guinea hybrid impatiens which I always plant underneath,
> and so they refused to grow tall and lush. After spring bloom, I'll
> have to make my choice . . .
> My Sanitation Engineers marvel at the amount of garden trash
> which two old fogies can produce every week...  I think I'd rather
> prune than eat.
> Penny, NY
> .
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