Sadie’s Product Highlight: Big Blue Lariope

Hello everyone! I have a great product highlight for today – Big Blue Lariope. The Liriope ‘Big Blue’ is a great grass-like evergreen which is also known as lily turf or monkey grass. Great news, it’s tolerant of summer heat and humidity, lavender flowers in late summer and is great to edge a path or bed!

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Shop: 4″ Lily Turf, Liriope “Big Blue” (also known as Monkey Grass)

More Details: Lily-turf/Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’– Evergreen foliage, lilac flower spikes, sun to shade, 12-15” tall, moderate spreader, drought tolerant, zones 5-10, suggested spacing 12”

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Sadie Says: Dwarf Mondo Grass is it!

Happy Friday everyone! To get the weekend started, I have a great product highlight for today – Dwarf Mondo Grass. This is an evergreen and can withstand heavy foot traffic, extremely low maintenance and will enhance the beauty of your landscape. This grass is low growing and only reaches about 2-3 inches – it can also handle shade and sun. What more can you ask for?

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Shop: 4″ Dwarf Mondo

More details: Dwarf Mondo/Ophiopogon japonica ‘Nana’– Evergreen, short, dark green foliage, blue berries, 2-3” tall, sun to shade, spreads by stolons, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 6

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Product Highlight: Variegated Lily-turf, Liriope

Today’s product highlight is the Variegated Lily-turf, Liriope. This groundcover is a clump-forming perennial that has grass-like foliage. This groundcover is a great plant for bordering sidewalks and edging landscape beds. It will grow well around trees and shrubs. This Liriope prefers moist soils, but will do fine in a variety of conditions. Once planted, it tolerates full to partial sun (filtered light), high heat and dry conditions and is virtually maintenance-free.

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More details: Variegated Lily-turf/Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’- Evergreen foliage, yellow variegation on green leaf, lavender flower spikes, sun to shade, 10-16” tall, clumping, drought tolerant, zones 5-10, suggested spacing 12”

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Hey it’s Sadie talking ground covers, again!

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Hey! Sadie here again! I’m excited to share another one of my favorite ground covers  – Lily Turf or Liriope “Big Blue”!

Ready to start getting your lawn prepped and ready for fall? Today I am sharing another of my favorite ground covers – Liriope ‘Big Blue’ or Lily Turf. This grass-like evergreen is a great way to edge a path or around a bed. It produces lilac flower spikes in the late summer and then black berry-like fruits that appear in the fall.

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More fun facts on the Lily Turf or Liriope “Big Blue”?

    • The Lily Turf is a classic super-tough perennial for a difficult site.
    • Liriope tolerates heat, humidity and drought.

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Did you know? You can purchase with us online!

Here at Mountain Valley Farms, we put the customer first! We pride ourselves in offering the most high quality, well-grown plants, ground covers and shrubs around! We have made shopping for your ground-covers easier with our online shopping portal. Below we have included our online offering. Get shopping for fall!

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4″ Asiatic Jasmine – $2.55. Asiatic Jasmine/Trachelospermum asiaticum- dark broadleaf foliage, spreading ground cover to 3 foot, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 6″

4″ Bluestar Creeper – $2.85. Blue Star Creeper/Laurentia fluviatilis– Semi-evergreen perennial, tiny green leaves form flat carpet, prolific tiny blue/white star-shaped flowers May-Sept, sun to part shade, 2” tall, spreading/mat forming, tolerates light foot traffice, needs moist soil, zones 6-9, suggested spacing 6”.

4″ Creeping Lily-turf, Liriope – $2.55. Creeping Lily-turf/Liriope spicata– Evergreen foliage, pale lavender flower spikes, sun to shade, 10-16” tall, vigorous spreader, drought tolerant, zones 4-10, suggested spacing 12”.

4″ Dwarf Mondo – $2.55. Dwarf Mondo/Ophiopogon japonica ‘Nana’– Evergreen, short, dark green foliage, blue berries, 2-3” tall, sun to shade, spreads by stolons, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 6.

4″ Lily Turf, Liriope “Big Blue” – $2.55. Lily-turf/Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’– Evergreen foliage, lilac flower spikes, sun to shade, 12-15” tall, moderate spreader, drought tolerant, zones 5-10, suggested spacing 12”.

4″ Mazus reptans – $2.85. Mazus reptans– Semi-evergreen perennial, light green foliage, pale lavender flowers, sun to part shade, 3” tall, vigorous spreader, needs moist soil, zones 4-9, suggested spacing 8”.

4″ Mondo, Ophiopogon japonica – $2.55. Mondo/Ophiopogon japonica– Evergreen dark green foliage, sun to shade, 6-8” tall, spreads by stolons, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 8”.

4″ Purple Winter Creeper – $2.55. 4″ Purple Winter Creeper, Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’ Purple Wintercreeper/Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’– Evergreen, green foliage, turns purple in winter, sun to shade, 8-24” tall, 6-8’ wide, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 4-8, suggested spacing 15”.

4″ Variegated Lily-turf, Liriope – $2.85. Variegated Lily-turf/Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’- Evergreen foliage, yellow variegation on green leaf, lavender flower spikes, sun to shade, 10-16” tall, clumping, drought tolerant, zones 5-10, suggested spacing 12”

4′” Creeping Jenny – $2.85. Creeping Jenny/Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’– Perennial, yellow-green leaves, more green in shade, sun to shade, 2”-4” tall spreading to 18-24” wide, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 5-8, suggested spacing 8”

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Want to know Sadie’s favorite winter groundcover?

WolICzNtXfAquz2jp7YSxtScKXzMtJvg7rFH1u7fmukHey! Sadie here again! I’m excited to share one of my favorite ground covers  – Purple Winter Creeper! Not only is it an amazing ground cover for fall, it also turns purple in winter! How cool is that? Even more it’s deer resistant, drought tolerant (not that we have that problem in Georgia) and is available online to purchase at Mountain Valley Farms!

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More fun facts on the Purple Winter Creeper?

    • Great to plant on slopes, beneath trees or cascading over walls
    • Hold their green color spring, summer, and fall!

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Fall Preview Highlight: Ferns

Southern Shield Ferns

Southern Shield Ferns

To follow-up on the “Hey, it’s Sadie” blog post, we want to highlight some of our popular ferns currently in production. Pictured above is the Southern Shield Fern which is an evergreen fern with tall waxy leaves. The ferns works well as a groundcover, though it may need some maintenance to keep it tamed! It’s also deer resistant!

Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern

The Autumn Fern (pictured above) is an evergreen fern with bronze colored new growth, fantastic foliage! Not sure where to put this fern? Try adding this adaptable fern to a shady corner in your garden!

Southern Wood Fern

Southern Wood Fern

The Southern Wood Fern (pictured above) is a deciduous fern with soft light green foliage. It will grow tall, grows to 4’!

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Summer Must-Have: Drought-Resistant Perennials

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Best said by landscape designer Nicole Lopez, “You need to match plants to the climate that you live in. It just doesn’t work the other way around.” Here at Mountain Valley Farm we couldn’t agree more! With the intense heat and desire to keep in budget on your water bill – planting for the season is key! We have put together a list of drought-resistant perennials at Mountain Valley Farms.
  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’: Upright grower with red flowers in Summer
  • Sedum ‘Tetractinum’, ‘angelina’, ‘blue spruce’, ‘ogon’ (all of these are ground cover versions of Sedum) Fleshy evergreen leaves; loose clusters of purplish or white flowers in summer
  • Yarrow, aka ” Achillia”: Golden yellow flowers on tall silvery-gray leaves from mid-summer to early autumn
  • Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and ‘Silver Mound’: Hybrid form that grows upright to 2-3 feet tall
  • Cone Flowers: Abundant, purple-pink daisylike blooms; grows 2 to 4 feet tall; prefers full sun
  • Ice Plant: Grow year round, with individual shoot segments growing more than 3 ft (1 m) per year
  • Creeping Phlox: Hairy, bright-green, evergreen foliage; violet, pink, or white flowers in late spring/early summer
  • Lavender: Mounding evergreen shrub with silvery-gray needlelike leaves and spikes of erect, lavender-purple or white flowers in summer
  • Rosemary: Highly aromatic with pine-needlelike leaves; grows to 5 feet tall

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Plant Spotlight: Drought Tolerant Plants

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Summer heat is headed our way in Georgia! After kicking off a beautiful and busy first day of Summer we going to be busier than ever protecting our plants, shrubs and ground covers from the intense heat ahead. However some ground covers make our lives easier and need little maintenance in the summer heat. Looking for ground cover that can tolerant the intense sun? We have just what you are looking for!

4″ Creeping Lily-turf, Liriope: SHOP ONLINE $2.55 – Creeping Lily-turf/Liriope spicata– Evergreen foliage, pale lavender flower spikes, sun to shade, 10-16” tall, vigorous spreader, drought tolerant, zones 4-10, suggested spacing 12”

4″ Dwarf Mondo $2.55 – Dwarf Mondo/Ophiopogon japonica ‘Nana’– Evergreen, short, dark green foliage, blue berries, 2-3” tall, sun to shade, spreads by stolons, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 6

4″ Lily Turf, Liriope “Big Blue” $2.55 – Lily-turf/Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’– Evergreen foliage, lilac flower spikes, sun to shade, 12-15” tall, moderate spreader, drought tolerant, zones 5-10, suggested spacing 12”

4″ Mondo, Ophiopogon japonica $2.55 – Mondo/Ophiopogon japonica– Evergreen dark green foliage, sun to shade, 6-8” tall, spreads by stolons, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 7-10, suggested spacing 8”

4″ Purple Winter Creeper $2.55 – 4″ Purple Winter Creeper, Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’ Purple Wintercreeper/Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’– Evergreen, green foliage, turns purple in winter, sun to shade, 8-24” tall, 6-8’ wide, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 4-8, suggested spacing 15”

4″ Variegated Lily-turf, Liriope $2.85 – Variegated Lily-turf/Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’- Evergreen foliage, yellow variegation on green leaf, lavender flower spikes, sun to shade, 10-16” tall, clumping, drought tolerant, zones 5-10, suggested spacing 12”

4′” Creeping Jenny $2.85 – Creeping Jenny/Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’– Perennial, yellow-green leaves, more green in shade, sun to shade, 2”-4” tall spreading to 18-24” wide, drought tolerant, deer resistant, zones 5-8, suggested spacing 8”

For any additional questions or concerns connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or on our website!