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Top 10 Liriope Varieties: Choosing The Perfect Lilyturf Plants

 If you are a green lawn fan, there is no way you haven’t considered the super adaptive Liriope varieties as ground covers for once.

Generally, most Liriope varieties, from Big Blue, Silvery Sunproof, and Royal Purple, to Variegated Lily Turf, are hardy in zones 4 to 10. Besides, they are easy to grow and have bright green visuals, making them popular. 

You can have any species of Liriope in your garden as long as you get their basics right. So follow along for the same. 

Top 5 Liriope Varieties

Liriope, aka Lily Turf, is a low-growing perennial plant belonging to the Asparagaceae family, just like the Yucca Plant. 

These are one of the popular ground covers given their easy maintenance and drought-tolerant nature.

Generally, you’ll not have a problem growing any variety of Lily Turf once they establish in your garden, as long as you provide them with weekly watering.

Also, you have a number of Liriope species to choose from depending on your choice and garden suitability. 

Here are some of the common types of Liriope.

1. Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’

The Big Blue is one of the most popular cultivars of Lily Turf, used to suppress weed growth and cover bare ground.

Most of it is due to the wide arching foliage of the plant that has intense green coloration. Further, the leaf blades are slightly wider than its fellow Liriope.

A portrait of Big Blue Liriope
Big Blue provides visual interest and beauty in various landscape designs.

Adding to it is the attractive violet-blue flower that brings a sense of freshness to your simple garden, especially in Zone 6, zone 7, to Zone 10.

2. Liriope spicata (Creeping Lily Turf)

If you are looking for a low-growing border plant, Creeping Lily Turf is the one.

Generally, the Creeping Liriope or Lily Turf is slightly lower in height, usually 8 to 10 inches.

However, they can spread up to 18 inches wide, more than the other Liriope varieties due to the spreading habit. 

A portrait of Creeping varieties of Liriope
You can clearly differentiate the Creeping variety from the other.

The narrow strip-like leaves form a dense, low-growing clump just like the Creeping Charlie and Jenny.

Creeping Lily Turf is the only variety in the list that is suitable from zone 4 to all the way till zone 10.

3. Liriope muscari ‘Silvery Sunproof’

Another on the list of Liriope types is the Silvery Sunproof, prized for its silvery-green foliage.

Generally, they are more sun-tolerant than the other Liriope varieties, so the name Silvery Sunproof.

Apart from the unique colored leaves, Silvery Sunproof also has lavender flower spikes that thrive in partial to full sun from zone 7 to 10. 
A Silvery sunproof liriope with purple flower spike.
Since they are sun-loving Lily Turf, you can add them to soften the edges of your rock garden.

You may try growing them up until zone 5 with proper winter protection, like a burlap

4. Liriope muscari ‘Royal Pruple’

The Royal Purple is a zone 7 to 10 hardy variety, preferring milder climate, with leaves slightly narrower than the Big Blue. 

Just like the name, the Royal Purple flaunts rich purple flower spikes that stand out against the dark green foliage. 

The vibrant bloom is best to elevate the aesthetic of a shaded part in your garden or even in a container right at the entrance.

Moreover, these 12 to 18-inch plants spread up to 12 inches wide in optimal condition,

5. Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’ 

Most people confuse the Variegated Lily Turf with the Variegated Monkey Grass, given the same family and appearance. 

But Liriope muscari ‘Variegated’ has deep green leaves with contrasting creamy-white margins, unlike the narrow dark green Monkey Grass. 

An image if a home garden with Variegated lily turf.
This variety is more like a combination of Big Blue and Silvery Sunproof.

The violet-blue flower spikes of the plant in late summer add to the visual aesthetic of your garden or lawn. 

However, the variegated types of Liriope cannot withstand the winter below zone 6. 

5+ Additional Liriope Varieties

Varitey Name Characteristics
Liriope muscari 'Monroe's'Compact, clump-forming with dark green foliage
Liriope muscari 'Super Blue'Resembles the Big blue but more intense in color
Liriope muscari 'White'Produce white flower spikes in late summer
Liriope muscari 'Evergreen Giant'A large vigorous variety with evergreen foliage
Liriope spicata 'Silver Mist'Silver-edged green leaves and a dwarf type
Liriope spicata 'Okina'Dwarf from with white-edged green leaves
Liriope platyphyllaLarge foliage with lavender blooms

From Editorial Team

Avoid Mushy Soil!

One thing that any Liriope variety cannot tolerate is excess moisture in the root zone.

As a drought-tolerant plant, soggy soil causes root rot, hindering the entire plant’s growth and appearance. 

Ensure the plant has proper drainage, and do not water it regularly to help them grow their best.