Steep Slopes and Erosion Control

If you're tired of trying to mow grass on a steep slope or you're trying to retain soil lost to erosion, a planting could be the solution. Just remember to mulch well after planting and firm it down well to help with weed control and erosion until your plants are established. Whether you use a woody groundcover, perennial groundcover, or a combination of plants, the following list will help in that "problem" area.

Woody Groundcovers for Sun

  • Arctostaphylos
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymus
  • Forsythia
  • Juniperus
  • Larix
  • Picea
  • Pinus
  • Rhus
  • Spiraea
  • Stephanandra
  • Vaccinium

Perennial Groundcovers for Sun

  • Ajuga
  • Alchemilla
  • Arenaria
  • Artemisia
  • Campanula
  • Cerastium
  • Coronilla
  • Dianthus
  • Geranium
  • Gypsophila
  • Iberis
  • Nepeta
  • Phlox
  • Potentilla
  • Saponaria
  • Sedum
  • Stachys
  • Veronica
  • Waldsteinia

Woody Groundcovers for Shade

  • Cornus
  • Euonymus
  • Gaultheria
  • Leucothoe
  • Microbiota
  • Pachysandra
  • Parthenocissus
  • Vinca

Perennial Groundcovers for Shade

  • Aegopodium
  • Ajuga
  • Anemone
  • Aruncus
  • Asarum
  • Astilbe
  • Brunnera
  • Convallaria
  • Epimedium
  • Galium
  • Hosta
  • Lamiastrum
  • Lamium
  • Linnaea
  • Mitchella
  • Phlox
  • Pulmonaria
  • Viola
  • Waldsteinia