One helpful thing I've learned from gardening in Florida is that "sturdy" is a characteristic that will take a plant through occasional frosty winter days as well as guaranteed hot, humid summers with equal strength and performance.
About a decade ago I began my quiet admiration for Aztec grasses, or liriope. Not only are they hard-working through every season but they also can be divided and transplanted readily. These factors make them durable as well as economical. It was from this perspective that I started using Liriope muscari 'Variegata' and Liriope muscari 'Evergreen Giant' in curvaceous sweeps as edging plants.
I recommend both varieties for container plants and also as low to medium filler in large perennial beds. 'Evergreen Giant' is a slow-spreading herbaceous perennial here. It clumps densely to create a groundcover suitable for lawn turf replacement in shade and partial-sun situations.
As a border plant the variegated liriope makes a wonderful contrast to the numerous shades of green in my year-round Florida garden. One of the advantages to using low grasses as edging is the way they can hide a multitude of garden sins behind them. Temporary bare spaces, fading annuals, leggy perennials or a spent tropical are not nearly as noticeable when the repetition of one plant, such as liriope, gives continuity to the entire space.
I consider it a bonus that these understated grasses put forth an inflorescent spike that blooms all summer.
Have you also discovered the value of these evergreen favorites of mine in your garden?
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