Does monkey grass grow in Texas?
“Mondograss.” “Monkeygrass.” “Lily turf.” OK, I’ve never really heard anyone use that last name, but you’ll see it in books. They’re all the same plant botanically: Ophiopogon japonicas. By whatever name, however, it’s a stellar performer in Texas conditions. And it’s a long-proven winner at our place as well.
When should you plant monkey grass?
Prepare the spot in early spring. Although autumn is an acceptable planting time, planting in spring allows time for the roots to establish before hot weather. Find an area with full shade or filtered sunlight as too much sunlight causes the foliage to turn pale green.
How far apart should I plant monkey grass?
Monkey grass prefers growing in soils with a slightly acidic pH balance. Plant your grass to the height of the cell packs above the roots and plant monkey grass 6 to 8-inches apart to give the plants room to grow into each other.
What is monkey grass good for?
Monkey grass is an attractive plant for edging walkways and creating borders for flower beds. Planting monkey grass divisions 6 to 8 inches apart is best for lining walkways and defining or adding texture to flowerbeds. Monkey grass is slow growing and clump-forming, requiring little maintenance.
What can I plant with mondo grass?
Planting: Plant mondo grass from spring through fall in well-drained soil. Companions: Plant with ferns, impatiens, liriope, and begonia; black mondo grass is especially showy next to light colored foliage like Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’, blue fescue, and lime or bronze heuchera.
Can mondo grass be walked on?
Dwarf mondo grass can tolerate being walked on every now and then, but regular foot traffic will destroy it. If you’ll need to walk through an area planted with mondo grass, install stepping stones or another type of path. The plant is moderately pet-friendly.
What types of monkey grass are there?
How do you take care of monkey grass in the spring?
Plant the monkey grass in the early spring or autumn to allow the root system to take hold before hotter weather hits. Till the area about 8 to 10 inches deep, removing non-organic matter such as stones. Add about 2 to 3 inches of organic matter and a balanced fertilizer to the area and mix it into the loosened soil.
Is monkey grass easy to grow?
It is a versatile and easy to grow ground cover that tolerates heat well and can be divided easily. Transplanting monkey grass is a simple process if you keep just a few things in mind. As far as growing perennials is concerned, it is one of my favorite easy care plants.