Best plants for planting on a sloping garden.

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Some plants help to control soil erosion.

 Bear in mind that slopes are usually very dry at the top when it hasn't rained and very wet, even swampy toward the bottom of the slope when it does rain. So choose plants that tolerate dry weather for the top 2/3rd and plants that will survive damp soil for the bottom third.


Tall plants with a widespread are best avoided as they will eventually topple over, tall plants with a deep root system are OK.


If soil erosion is causing problems it is a good ideal to plant deep rooting plants and avoid shallow rooting plants like ivy that will gradually suffocate slower-growing beneficial plants. Flowering plants can do well on sloped ground, but will require mulching and regular tending until established.


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Planting on a slope involves a bit of trial and error but the plants listed here will take a bit of the guess work out of it.


Miniature sedum is a small plant that grows well in poor conditions including drought, it grows quickly and if planted one to two feet apart will quickly cover a area with pink, yellow or white flowers. Miniature sedum species include "Cape Blanco," "blue carpet" and "minus."

Creeping phlox is evergreen with dark green to bluish leaves and blooms from early spring to early summer with flowers that are white, pink, red or bluish-lavender. It grows to about 6" and spreads quickly and is best planted one to two feet apart.Catnip
Catnip grows under just about any condition, tolerating both temporary flooding and drought, so can be planted throughout the sloped area preventing erosion and its tiny flowers will attract butterflies and tea can be made from the blossoms and leaves of catnip plants.

Weeds and Wildflowers
Clover, thistles, plantains, pussytoes, yarrow, violets and other native species do well on sloped ground. Although we know them as weeds, some of these hardy plants produce lovely wildflowers and are very effective at controlling soil erosion.


Plants that like to flow down slopes like coneflowers, black eyed susan, garden phlox, shasta daisies, purple russian sage, herbs like catmint and creeping phlox work well on the edge of a terrace.

Plants like artemesias and soft wooly lambs ears with grey or silver foliage add contrasting colour against brighter blooms and dwarf evergreen shrubs.  

Birdbaths, bird feeders, big flowerpots and trellises all add interest. But don't go over the top in a small sloped garden. Too much clutter makes it look smaller, design tips can be found on my 
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