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Rocky Hillside Full Sun

Posted by maryrocks 5 Pennsylvania (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 8, 09 at 19:50

We have a hillside -- 200' by 20' ranging from 45 degrees to 20 degrees in full sun. Our soil seems like one part clay and three parts rocks. We live on a dirt road, and this slope is along the road in front of our house. We planted 200 myrtle plants 3 years ago, with a heavy spread of mulch between the plants. The myrtle are about one foot across now and we have every kind of weed growing on the hillside too despite hours of weeding each week. We regret removing trees too, because of the dust. We'd like to plant something that will grow better than the myrtle, that will help with the dust, and be maintenance free. Will post pictures when the snow melts. Ideas?

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RE: Rocky Hillside Full Sun

Yikes. Rocky clay is definitely a challenge.

Apple trees and lilac bushes should be okay in clay soil, but maybe a better result would be wildflowers.

Once established a wildflower meadow can be lower maintenance. You will have to water to get established at first. You'll also have to burn or mow at least once a year or you will get weeds again.

If this sounds like something you'd like to try, go to the link and check out their wildflower mix for clay soils. At the very least, you'll get some ideas for perennials for your soil type. They also have information on maintaining the meadow once established.

Best of luck!


Here is a link that might be useful: Prairie Nursery

RE: Rocky Hillside Full Sun

I have gotten seed from a good company in PA. See the link. I have also heard many good things about the company mentioned above.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ernst Seed

RE: Rocky Hillside Full Sun

Thanks for the good suggestions. I'm hoping for some things taller than wildflowers. I'll look into this in the meantime.

RE: Rocky Hillside Full Sun

Forsythia hedge. Cheap to start with cuttings from an established bush(-es). Perennial, and you get yellow flowers in early spring.

RE: Rocky Hillside Full Sun

Some wildflowers can be pretty tall. I agree that forsythia is relatively easy to establish.

RE: Rocky Hillside Full Sun

Yuck! Forsythia!

A well liked, over grown weed!

Be prepared for a lot of runners where you do not want them!

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