Liriope is a clumping plant that’s most often used as a border along paths, walkways, and flower beds. Also known as Monkey Grass, it’s also useful for controlling erosion. This drought tolerant perennial thrives in sun and shade. In summer it sprouts spikes of lavender blooms which remind me of grape hyacinths. I have Liriope with variegated leaves as well as green.
This rugged plant is easy to divide so after a few years, you’ll have plenty for other spots. There were several clumps along my walkway which I divided to make a border around the crabapple tree. Beware, because there are two types of Liriope—the clumping type (Liriope muscari) and the spreading type (Liriope spicata). Stick with the clumping Liriope because the other spreads with runners and can be very invasive.
I don’t pay too much attention to Liriope until it blooms, but now that I see how well it frames more showy plants, I’m going to add a border of the variegated type around my large flower bed.