Hi everyone! I just joined and am hoping for some much needed advice. We just did a project in our backyard that did some grading and left us with a big bank that will erode quickly if we don't plant some things. I would love some ground cover as well as other ideas (besides juniper) that could grow quickly and help this area.
Pakasandra. It grows like a weed, but looks really nice. Will grow well in just about any area, shady or sunny. Only downside is that once it's there, it will eventually take over. You need to manage it so that it doesn't choke out other things.
1. How large an area do you have?
2. What kind of soil-clay, rocky, etc.?
3. How quick do you want this to cover?
4. About how much are planning on spending? In other words, do you want shrubs/mulch, just something to cover the bare ground,?
5. How steep is the slope?
6. How much sun or shade?
Temporarily at least mulch this. Actually most states in the last couple years have begun to have restrictions for contractors on any job that leaves bare soil. It must be covered to Erosion and Sediment Control specifications.
To answer your original question though- ivy, liriope, hypericum, vinca, shrub roses, Lady Banks rose, winter jasmine (decidious, blooms yellow in late winter) Carolina jessamine (gelsemium, evergreen, blooms yellow in early spring ) to name a few. The winter jasmine could be a good choice in that it spreads fairly quickly and grows on poor soil but note that it loses its leaves in winter.
Hope this gives you some ideas to get you started.
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Last edited by downunder; 08-06-2008 at 07:05 PM.