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Black Mondo Grass ~ Ophiopogon planiscapus

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Ophiopogon

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16 responses

  1. Best for front line border on any garden …Not invasive, responds to shifting, not deep roots, etc, etc, makes EXCELLENT CHOICE TO MARK AN BORDER, of the First line.

    I suggested to the whole town to use these plants

    July 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • thank you, this is so pretty getting seed for next year, rock garden 😉

      July 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      • HONESTLY, you won’t regret it ….Great choice for any type of garden….No seeds needed, just runners from other’s gardens is enough, or just buy few pots of plants for starters.

        July 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      • thank you again 🙂 just picked a pail of berries, plants are loaded down … going back in am 🙂

        July 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  2. I got a couple of pots of black mondo grass given to me years ago. After spending a plant eternity in limbo (pots with very little care) they were transplanted out onto Serendipity Farm with due ceremony and even less care. We had an horrific summer last year and gave up trying to water most of the garden. Quite a few of our transplanted potted plants died including hardy dwarf pines that should have been able to survive but that didn’t. The mondo grass is still alive and kicking despite having to spend an extended summer in hot dry ceramic like clay with no water. I would say that earns it a couple of hardy points and a tick for something to plant if you live in a desert ;).

    July 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    • thank you, i was thinking it preferred tropical humid climate in dappled sun. good to know it can withstand extreme heat and dryness, we had bad drought here last year as well.

      July 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      • Don’t forget we live in Tasmania and right now it is -3C here so it takes a fair bit of cold as well. We only got 3 rain events in 5 months over summer. Dry doesn’t begin to explain how it was and so anything that lived and thrived out there is a star to me! Mondo grass performed like most grasses do and has earned a place in my “keeper” pile 🙂

        July 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      • 🙂

        July 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    • Welcome a board Tasmania :D….N.S.W here 😉 …Glad to hear another happy customer with Mondo Grass ….. 😀
      Hope your fishing season is hot at the moment 😀
      Love the tassie scallops 😀
      Cheers mate ,

      July 10, 2013 at 1:19 am

      • You can have the scallops as I am vegan ;). I only have 2 plants but they are doing a sterling job of rendering a bare half dead garden bed windswept and interesting rather than just sad. We are revising what we are going to plant. Pity we had 900 potted plants to move here and most of them HATE it here :(. We thought Tassie was damp (in comparison to W.A.) but we were wrong. Anything you plant in Northern Tassie needs to be able to withstand long periods of dry. We have to forget about the succulents as our duck is partial to them and the chooks ate my massive big artichoke the other day…sigh…back to the drawing board! 😉

        July 10, 2013 at 3:57 am

      • Cheers for that :). We are trying to source as many drough proof edibles as we can. Preferably with thorns and that taste disgusting. As a member of the thistle family you would think that most things would steer well clear of globe artichoke foliage but my chooks devoured a 5 foot tall speciman in a day, pecking the heart right out of it. What they don’t eat the native animals claim. That’s why we have built a massive fully enclosed veggie garden the size of a tennis court…nothing is going to get out veggies this year! ;). Again, thanks for that list I will save them 🙂

        July 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      • most welcome, try some sea holly i plan on it next year 😉

        July 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      • I bought 3 gorgeous plants of it from a lovely gay man who sells exotics in a little town called Longford that has a lot of history to it but the wallabies decided that they loved it and snarfed it right back down to the ground. I think it was a hard year on the native animals last year. We had some serious bushfires that removed a lot of their native vegetation and we only had 3 rain events in 5 months which made us tinderbox dry and anything that was in our gardens tended to be consumed with glee. I am going to buy some sea holly seed as aside from the prickly nature of it, it’s pure gorgeousness and the flowers are wonderful :). I am thinking of planting as many tough drought tolerant spiny species as I can that yeild edible fruits such as…

        http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/celtispallid.htm

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caper

        http://www.paynes.com/what-grows-here/64-favorite-shrubs.html

        As an example of how bad our native animals are, we had to put my Aralia spinosa up and out of harms way when “something” ate all of the leaves off it. If you look up Aralia spinosa, you will see that every single part of the plant is covered with dense thorns and STILL they ate it! As horticulturalists, we have been handed a challenge on a plate with this place! 😉

        July 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      • thank you for links .. 🙂 good luck !

        July 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  3. Enjoy the challenges, specially the Northern winds 😀
    I heard it is not cheap any more, unless you go remote over 60/100 even 200 km from big smoke.
    My choice ?? Go West always 😉 .Love the west, in fact I live in the west for over 20 years now, and am almost fully INDEPENDENT.
    Power, Food supply and Water INCLUDED 😀 That is close to what I can call it FREE/DOM ..LOL 😀
    Won’t go back to Sydney even if they pay me double 😀 ..ha

    July 10, 2013 at 4:06 am

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