I have an area in my garden which is completely bare soil. I had intended to leave it this way (as I have planted various fruit trees and Plumeria) and wait for the trees to grow and beautify it. It is approximately 1/5 acre in size.
However, I am finding that during hard rains, the topsoil is running off (did I forget to mention that we leave on a steep hillside??). What groundcover (other than grass) could someone suggest that is:
tolerant to full sun now and partial shade later (when the trees are larger);
relatively inexpensive to plant; and
I have been considering false heather and, maybe, hearts and flowers.
Thanks for any advice you can offer.