Can you relate to this – you get to know a plant, and it’s so easy and so good and so versatile that you nearly don’t want to tell anyone about it? Well, I am going to let mine out of the bag. Liriope ‘Emerald Cascade’ is one of those hardy plants that it’s virtually impossible to kill. It looks lush year round, and is great for tricky shady spots.
Put your non- gardening friends onto this one, they will love it.
Liriope ‘Emerald Cascade’ is a low growing, tough-as-nails performer. It is perfect for shady spots like under the eaves, underneath tree canopies and in the shade of verandahs. I have a collection at my front door in some funky pots (you can get those at flowerboxgallerycom.au) and everyone always comments on them. This area is a no-sun and no rain zone and they look great all year round.
So a big tick for shade. They also get a big tick for dry tolerance which is why you can have them in neglected corners and they seem to thrive on hardly any water. It doesn’t matter if you forget about them for a while.
You can plant it as a dense border, it will give a really lush effect. But it looks equally good in containers. It would look great along a shady poolside too if your lucky enough to have one. You don’t need to be overly fussy about the shade – it still handles the sun. I just wouldn’t put it in blaring all day sun locations and expect it to look its absolute best. It’s claim to fame is definitely being a ‘low light’ master.
The other thing I love about Liriope ‘Emerald Cascade’ is that it is great indoors too – a great bonus. We have multiple containers and all thriving – both in very small and bigger display pots. They don’t give any telltale signs of being thirsty like most other indoor plants.
I have one ‘Emerald Cascade’ at home in the direct path of our main heat pump. It’s four years old and it’s never had any problems. It stands up very well to temperature variations, and the ongoing blast of winter heat coming its way. When everything else in your house is looking worse for wear, you’ll find ‘Emerald Cascade’ is still pushing on.
‘Emerald Cascade’ has quite a dramatic appearance with its weeping emerald green foliage. It also produces cobalt blue berries in the spring and summer however these are a secondary feature to the foliage itself. Just think shade and think dry and you’ve the perfect solution.
So my secret’s out!