If your gardens has steep banks and slopes, choosing the right plants, planting and maintaining them can be challenging for even the most experienced gardeners. I personally prefer slopes to a flat "green-lawn-man" type of garden. So in this article I will mainly be looking at ways to keep the slopes and plant them with plants that will not only thrive on slopes but are low maintenance and provide a long term solution to erosion of the soil. However I will also look at and point toward my articles that suggest other methods to make a sloping garden a place with space to enjoy.
The problems with sloping gardens and the solutions.
On a steep slope it's probably not realistic or safe to expect to maintain a formal close mown lawn but there is another way to grow an attractive lawn on a slope. A wildflower lawn, doesn't just look good but is great for Bees and Butterflies and other wildlife and it only needs strimming once a year.
There are several ways to plant a wildflower lawn.
Remember to plant a few deep rooting trees, shrubs, and ground cover plants in the grass. Select from the lists further down on this page they look good, attract birds and help reduce erosion.
My two main considerations when planting a slope that is difficult to access are; low-maintenance and deep-rooting, but I also try to take nature into account by planting a combination of trees, shrubs, and ground covers to attract the birds and the bees and break the rainfall, which reduces erosion.
Bear these factors in mind when planting on a slope
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.