The Q&A Archives: Planting On A Slope

Question: What are the best plants for a backyard slope in southern California?

Answer: The plants you choose should be as easy-maintenance as possible, and drought tolerant, as well. This will allow you to plant, water occasionally, and still control soil erosion. Some of the best plants for the situation are considered native plants - those that grow without much human intervention. Plants for you to consider include Arctostaphylos (manzanita), Baccharis (dwarf coyote brush), Calycanthus (spice bush), Ceanothus (wild lilac), Cornus stolonifera (redtwig dogwood), Philadelphus (mock orange), Salvia leucophylla (purple sage), Mimulus (monkey flower), Penstemon (beard tongue), Vancouveria (inside-out flower), and Zauschneria (California fuchsia). Best wishes with your new landscape!

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