Wondering if anyone else likes liriope as much as I do, and quick question about it.
I have a long boundary with a neighbor's lawn, on the south side of a mixed border that I've filled to overflowing with Franklinia, hydrangeas, broadleaved evergreens, hellebores, and various other of my favorite plants. Along the south edge, next to the neighbor's lawn, I dug in a line of (somewhat flimsy) landscape timbers to give him a mowing strip, and planted a variety of low-growing things including heath, lavender, and variegated liriope.
The only thing that has really done well along that edge is the liriope; it's been about 5 years and all the lavs are gone, the heath looks kind of sad, and the liriope is spreading really nicely. Problem is that the grass grew under the mowing strip, and has invaded some of the clumps of liriope. I've just dug the whole strip out, and want to replant the liriope but don't really want to re-introduce the grass.
I've read that it's a rhizome; does this mean that I can replant it now, and then dig it in the spring and basically bare-root it to remove every bit of grass?
Maybe it's not hardy in some parts of NE, I'm not sure - and I've read that it can be a monster further south. Here, though, it seems like the ideal ground cover for a neglected spot. I've got it in other areas, ranging from deep shade to bright sun, and it seems incredibly tolerant.
Any advice on getting grass out of the clumps would be much appreciated. I suppose I could pull DiSabato-Aust off the shelf, but that can be such a depressing venture.