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I'd like to pick your brains and would be grateful for suggestions. I have a winding pea gravel path in my front yard - full sun. At the moment the borders to the path are planted with liriope. They haven't performed as well as I'd hoped. Some are bigger than others (same variety); and some just don't look too good. I have an opportunity to dig out the good ones and give them to someone who will use them for the gardens in Habitat for Humanity houses.
Question: what can I plant ? I'm not a great lover of Mexican Heather or even Blue Daze - especially in such large quantities. I'm attaching a picture taken a little over a year ago when I redid the front and started planting the liriope (which looked good then). I don't want anything too tall. I know what I'd like, but those plants wouldn't grow in my zone.
Both good suggestions - thanks. I was thinking of society garlic (low maintenance) interspersed with the variegated flax. Got to dig out the liriope first and then I will just stare at it for a week or so until the light bulb goes on ! I love crown of thorns, but I don't really want it for a border plant. I'm beginning to swap out my regular ct's for the euphorbias which I'm putting in large pots. The flowers are huge and gorgeous.
I planted society garlic in my yard once, but everytime I went out there and bumped into it, it stunk up the whole yard, all day. I had to dig it up. It's pretty tho, if you can keep from breaking it. : ) I just didn't like the smell.
If so, it is a fairly temperamental plant. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has a lot of it. It doesn't seem to do well in either sun or shade, but does somewhat better in sun/part shade. The leaves tend to brown out easily. We all considered it a "high maintenance" plant. The flowers are basically insignificant unless there are a lot of them bunched together.
Dianella would do very well, and the price is down right cheap now. I personally can't stand to look at it, but that's only because of having to manage the line while it went through its prime for the last 2 years. Nearly half a million bibs per year and people fighting to get their hands on it. Now it's hard to give away.
Personally, I think the rain lily suggestion is perfect. In your zone you should have foliage all year, and rewarded with stunning flower displays that appear out of nowhere.
Here's a small one I did of Habranthus. The day before, there wasn't a flower in sight. Heavy rain, and this is how it looked in the morning. Ignore the weeds if you can. It's peak season, and like a mechanic, I don't have time to work on my own yard. :-)
Thanks for all the suggetions - I do have rain lilies - but my foliage does disappear ! Since the path is only used occasionally I'm not worried about a "stinky" yard -- and it's pretty wide so even the UPS or FedEx guys needn't worry.
When I find the right plants I'll take pix and post.
I like the idea of some Dianella mixed in with other stuff.
---- fireant --- I have fairly thick mulch with weed barrier underneath. I just slit it when I want to plant something. So far, I hardly get any weeds - it's all manageable.
It doesn't care for wet, but mine has done well even through a hail storm. I think as long as it is out in the sun, it remains happy. We have also been getting a lot of rain lately, but good drainage helps. Have not seen any fungus or any other type of disease.
I planted bulbine this year in my back yard. I have tons of butterflies & bees on its pretty orange flowers. It is a Florida native & seems to deal well with whatever conditions it is in. It is thickening up nicely. I planted society garlic in my front yard because I needed the lavendar color. It is also doing well. It may be a coincidence, but it seems to keep the snails away...
teric - I love Bulbine, also. Great plant for xeriscaping because it wants to be mostly dry (even mulch around it can cause too much moisture for it). However, someone may have given you incorrect info about it being a Florida native. It is native to S. Africa. We used it in the Savanna Blooms giraffe overlook area at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens with other African origin plants. A wonderful plant, none the less.
What about miniature roses? They give great color, in sun would be happy. I had a ton of them many years ago and loved the look of them all lined up. The scent is really nice too.
Buried Treasures...do you put anything on the rain lilies, fertilizer, anything? I have some and love them. But have never seen them like that, so many blooms at once. I only get a few flowers at a time.
No. I don't put anything on them. Those are Habranthus though, and not Zephyranthes. It's a much fuller species with both larger foliage and flowers. Believe it or not, we have a newer cultivar with even larger flowers.