Steep Slopes and Erosion Control

If you're tired of trying to mow grass on a steep slope or you're trying to retain soil lost to erosion, a planting could be the solution. Just remember to mulch well after planting and firm it down well to help with weed control and erosion until your plants are established. Whether you use a woody groundcover, perennial groundcover, or a combination of plants, the following list will help in that "problem" area.

Woody Groundcovers for Sun
  • Arctostaphylos
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymus
  • Forsythia
  • Juniperus
  • Larix
  • Picea
  • Pinus
  • Rhus
  • Spiraea
  • Stephanandra
  • Vaccinium
Perennial Groundcovers for Sun
  • Ajuga
  • Alchemilla
  • Arenaria
  • Artemisia
  • Campanula
  • Cerastium
  • Coronilla
  • Dianthus
  • Geranium
  • Gypsophila
  • Iberis
  • Nepeta
  • Phlox
  • Potentilla
  • Saponaria
  • Sedum
  • Stachys
  • Veronica
  • Waldsteinia
Woody Groundcovers for Shade
  • Cornus
  • Euonymus
  • Gaultheria
  • Leucothoe
  • Microbiota
  • Pachysandra
  • Parthenocissus
  • Vinca
Perennial Groundcovers for Shade
  • Aegopodium
  • Ajuga
  • Anemone
  • Aruncus
  • Asarum
  • Astilbe
  • Brunnera
  • Convallaria
  • Epimedium
  • Galium
  • Hosta
  • Lamiastrum
  • Lamium
  • Linnaea
  • Mitchella
  • Phlox
  • Pulmonaria
  • Viola
  • Waldsteinia