ground cover for clay slope

jollyrd(Richmond VA)May 24, 2010

Have an elevated area that runs along the original driveway/parking. We will extend the gravel from original driveway to this "elevated" area and then gravel the top.

I know pictures help, so here you go:

this runs from east (lowest) to west (highest spot)

So the front area of the slope (where currently some old weed/grass is) is facing North, and gets lots of sun from morning till mid afternoon.

It starts at ground level and by the end of it becomes almost 5 ft tall.

far end of it - facing west - gets almost no sun - because of west-facing and the trees next to it

The TOP and ground level will be gravelled, but the side needs to be vegitated. But since one side is facing north, and the other west , and such a difference of sun exposure I am confused on what to plant. Mostly want to have soil errosion control and some nice plant to look at as opposed to weeds, preferably low growing and no mowing required. Flattening the area is not an option so please just dont go there.

Any suggestions?

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clover ? or buffallograss,

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 5:10PM
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Your pics look very similar to my back yard!
We have to get more gravel this year too.
Ornamental grasses, bigger rocks(they don't cost much), SHREDDED pine mulch and day lillies.
Water the hill at a flat setting on the nozzle.
Get that ornamental grass and day lillies in fast though.
Man, you can get some bad summer storms and you will have erosion on the sides, you need roots in there tomorrow.
There are grasses that prefer shadier conditions, and even some bamboo that are dwarfs, short, that will do an excellent job for you taming that hill.
Good Luck!
It's alot of work!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 1:35AM
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Try bugleweed (ajuga), does best in part to full shade and grows fast by shooting runners out. I have both purple brocade ajuga as well as burgundy glow. purple brocade is growing much faster. lowes has 6 packs for $9. both are very pretty, shades or pink purple and green.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 2:07PM
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jollyrd(Richmond VA)

The horizontal areas are gravelled, the dirt was there for three years - so not too much errosion at this point. I went to local nursery I got me some vinca minor, creeping phlox, thyme and (?!!) cant remember the name of low growing shrub. I hope to plant them this weekend

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 4:02PM
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jollyrd(Richmond VA)

and cranberry cotoneaster
what do you think of my selection?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 9:35AM
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honey_mi(Z5 MI)

Another thot. You could add some Juniper 'Lime Glow' to that bed in the sunny area. They would look great with the vinca and you'd have the room for them. They don't get very tall, stay horizontal and continue to grow 9-12" a year. Here's a photo of mine before I moved them:

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2010 at 10:57AM
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jollyrd(Richmond VA)

that does look pretty and cheerful! I will have to go back to nursery to see if they have it.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2010 at 4:57PM
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