The Q&A Archives: Dry Sunny Slope, Erosion Control Without Using Junipers

Question: I have a westward facing slope with no irrigation and no shade. I need plants that will help with soil retention and (I can't stand junipers)I would like some color and seasonal interest.

Answer: Native plants are probably your best choices - once established they'll need no supplemental watering. If you plant in the fall, you won't need to water until their roots get a foothold (rains will do the job for you). If you plant now, you'll need to water all summer to help them become established. Some suggested plants include Fragaria, Mahonia repens (creeping mahonia), and Kinnikinnick as groundcovers, or Amelanchier (saskatoon), Cornus stolonifera (redtwig dogwood), Gaultheria (salal), Leucothoe (Sierra laurel), Mahonia (Oregon Grape), Evergreen Huckleberry and Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale) as shrubs.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Sempervivum Henry Carrevon"