The Q&A Archives: Hillside Planting

Question: What kind of year round vegetation do you recommend for an approximately 45 degree up slope backyard hillside? The hillside is 25 x 8 yards and has 5 citrus trees. Whatever we decide to plant there has to be very easy to mantain because of the unforgiving slope. It is very difficult to get up on the slope and work up there. Your recommendations will be appreciated.

Answer: Hillsides generally offer a less hospitable environment for plants than do level gardens. Soil is usually shallow and poor, and it's hard to get water to penetrate deeply enough to promote strong, dense roots. The following suggestions are for plants that will provide attractive cover for slopes and help prevent soil erosion: Rosa rugosa, creeping rosemary, ivy, Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle), Star Jasmine, and Malephora (Ice Plant).

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