This has to be one of the toughest and most indestructible garden plants – fully hardy, no maintenance required at all, and you can walk all over it!
Despite being called a 'grass', Ophiopogon is in fact a strappy leaved perennial. It is one of the very few so-called 'black' plants that are actually black – a year-round matt black backdrop to set off bolder and brighter garden features.
It is a very slow-spreading, carpet-forming plant, and can remain undisturbed for years, eventually forming a fair-sized clump. You can then chop it up with a spade in spring and create many more plants for free!
Superb when interplanted with small perennials, use it also as groundcover, be it in shade or sun, drought or wet – it is also great in modern mixed container plantings. Easy to grow and fully hardy, this plant is a real time saver, its evergreen colour a fabulous foil for bright golds, oranges and limes.
Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come – a versatile little gem!
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