Zone 5+ Liriope Envy (Hosta Companion)
So, I admit to a severe case of Zone 4 liriope envy. I was already plagued with 'I only wish I could grow it here' and then, Guacamole Don pushed me over the edge when he posted a pix of his lovely clump of yellow variegated liriope.
Earlier in the summer, I decided to gamble on some Zone 5 hardy Silver Dragon liriope spicata...bought some off of eBay and rec'd a miniscule little start of it. Planted it out in the garden & it had grown some.
Anyway, I got to thinking...
Last summer, I had gotten a small little start of mondo grass as a bonus on another eBay purchase. Thought the seller was nutz for wasting postage on shipping it to Zone 4. Anyhoo, I potted it up and grew it outdoors over the rest of last summer & brought it indoors for the winter, fully expecting it to belly-up. Somewhat to my surprise, it survived the winter & my neglect and has grown nicely outdoors over the summer. Just up-potted it, matter of fact.
So, thinking of that mondo grass, I went a-googling and learned that the variegated gold liriope muscari can be grown as a houseplant...supposedly often used in mall plantings. Since I avoid malls like the plague, I'd a never known!
hmmm....went eBay shopping...and just rec'd three very generous divisions of the variegated gold stuff and, while I was waiting for it to arrive, decided to pot up my zone marginal Silver Dragon...(esp. with the long range forecast of a bitterly cold winter.)
Very long story short, if anyone else up here on the Frozen Tundra has a hankering for that stuff that they grown down in The Tropics (all points south of Madison, WI, that is), ya' might wanna' consider giving it a try indoors over winter.
(FYI, I got my 'very generous' divisions from seller 'gnp2011' on eBay.)