I have lots of water oaks that seem to drain the life everything around them. I have variegated liriope plants near them, which have not flourished. Need to know if it is ok to put the liriope in a container with great soil and plant the container where the top of the container would be at ground level?
Planting Variegated Liriope
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
The water oaks in a way are draining the life of the things around them. They are very water hungry trees and they literally suck the water out of the soil around them so it can make it hard for nearby plants to survive if there is not enough water for both the tree and the plants.
The container may work, but you would need to provide extra water for the liriope in the container. The container wall will prevent the trees from taking their water but it also means that the liriope's roots will not be able to grow outward to find additional water.