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Grow the best - Mondo Grass

These tufted grasses are the stalwarts of any modern garden filling gaps adding evergreen interest and great as a ground cover and contrast plant.Mondo grass, Ophiopogon,is a grass-like plant that grows in round clumpsgrowing well in ordinary garden soil requiring minimum attention once established. In late summer a small flower stalks with white or purple flowers emerge but generally they are grown for their leaf.There are various varieties in different heights and colours yet the traditional varieties are still the most popular.


Ophiopogon Japonicas and Kyoto Dwarf

Tall Mondo is a very hardy evergreen clump forming plant with fine dark green foliage growing around 30cm in height and is ideal for mass plantings, rockeries, borders, groundcover and edging. The Kyoto Dwarf Mondo is also great as a border against paving or to use between pavers for an evergreen striking effect.




Ophiopogon Black Dragon or Ophiopogon Nigra

Black Mondo grass with its slow-growing nature fits well in containers and in small garden areas a clumping evergreen perennial grass with distinctive deep purple-black foliage. In summer, small sprays of lilac flowers are followed by black fruits. Slow growing to a height of 30 cm. Frost hardy and will tolerate both sun and shade. Paired with yellow or bright green foliage plants such as golden creeping jenny or yellow acorus Black Mondo grass creates a striking effect.



The most efficient method of propagation is by division, although Mondo grass propagates itself by spreading by underground roots. Most varieties grow in semi shade to full sun and without much care. Cut them back in early summer to stimulate fresh growth and regular feeding with a high nitrogen fertiliser such as Bounce Back will encourage then to spread faster.