cover for drainage ditch
We recently built a home in a neighborhood where drainage ditches border the back of each property. We live in a cul-de-sac and our backyard is bordered by the ditch on two sides. One side has a nice, gentle grade, and the other side is pretty steep with some erosion issues already appearing. Instead of installing a big, ugly privacy fence like many of my neighbors, I've decided to plant the ditch bank with ornamentals to create a rich wildlife habitat, predominately for birds. I've already planted several viburnum, silky dogwood, and river birch, but I'd like to plant a good ground cover on the steep areas to control erosion and shade out weeds. I've thought about lirope, phlox, and some other things. The ditch will run about 1/3 to 1/2 full in a heavy rainfall, but is normally empty. The steep part faces east and enjoys full sun. Suggestions? Thanks in advance! Mark.