i need suggestions

Teri MastroianniMay 31, 2005

My garden is on a slope, and the top of it is under hemlocks. The soil is full of old needles and small cones, it is also dry because of the slope. I have tried to put different things in there like butterlfly weed, and hydrangia, however nothing seems to take off. it gets about 4 hours of high afternoon sun, the rest is shade. I need something that would take over up there, and stand the dry soil. Also, something that will hold the soil in place as it is quite steep in spots. I am in zone 4 and would love some suggestions. My wish is for something that will grow tall. It can even be a thug if it will work. I dont mind ripping things out. THANK YOU

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carmellia(z 4 Minn)

Something that would not mind your needles and cones and dryness is creeping periwinkle, although it don't know that it would flourish far into the sunniest areas. It has a lovely waxy deep green leaf and provides a lovely blue carpet of flowers in the spring. It stays almost evergreen under the snow.

As far as thugs go, the only two I know of are Sundrops and Obedient Plant. And both are thugs. Good luck getting rid of them if you change your mind. On the bright side, both are beautiful when they are flowering. Carmellia

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 9:35AM
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goutweed, also called false lamium. it's a thug indeed, but it's got striped leaves, and will only need to be 'watered in' though the heat of the summer the first year- after that, it's indestructable.

Lily of the valley might also thrive there (they like pine and hemlock needles)

and lilirope is the 'classic' dry shade plant, but I think it's kind of dull looking, and needs to be bought.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 9:54AM
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sage_lover(z6 OH)

Gro-low sumac is very drought tolerant and is great on slopes. Probably would prefer more sun, but would do well from what I have seen. Great fall color also. Double check whether it is hardy in your zone, but I believe it is. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2005 at 12:42PM
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