Mondo is very versatile in the garden. It is very handy for producing sophisticated effects fast. If you really need an "instant landscape", look out for mondo sold as strips that can be laid as a continuous edging inminutes. If you're on a budget, however, a lot of garden can be covered by simply purchasing a few full pots, dividing up the clump and spacing them out. They will eventually grow and thicken up.
To keep it looking its best, it will need a little maintence: "comb" out dead leaves (work from underside of clump), remove plants which start to creep into garden bed, and thin out more drastically from time to time. A thick planting of mondo grass will resist many weeds, but beware of creeping weeds getting mixed up with your mondo grass, becasue they will be a headache to get rid of. This includes grasses invading from the lawn. Grassy-leaved weeds like Mullumbimby couch (Cyperus brevifolius) might not be noticed at first because they look similar, so be vigilant.
The most common types of mondo grass are the plain green form and the dwarf green form which is a little tidier and more suitable between pavers and edging narrow garden spaces. One downside of these mondograsses are their vey popularity. they have, perhaps, become a little "too common".
The "black mondo" (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') has very dark foliage but is very slow growing. Usually it will be grown as a feature or as an underplanting in patio pots etc. given the cost of planting en masse. There is also a variegated mondo.
Liriope is like a larger version of mondo grass. Note that there are some cultivars which form a neat clump but others which spread. There are also a range of foliage and flower variations amongst the varieties. It's hoped to bring you more information on cultivars in a future updates of this page. Meanwhile, check out the links below.
Furthermore, there are new selections of dianellas and lomandras recently on the market could also be substituted for mondo or lomandra where one is nterested in strappy-leaved groundcover.
More Online Informatiows
The following are for general information, research and ideas - some species or cultivars referred to in links may be unavailable in Australia or unsuitable for Queensland conditions
Aztec Grass Liriope muscari
University of Florida (PDF)