The Q&A Archives: Plants for a shaded bank.

Question: The back of my lawn has a very shady bank. Multiple maples provide shade all day. Erosion is also a problem. What plants or grasses will work to stop erosion and is also be pleasing to look at as this is where we have our patio.
Thank you, Rick Barker

Answer: Some plants tolerant of dry shade include Liriope 'Silver Dragon'; leaves are variegated and its blooms are pale lavender; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Kinnikinnick), grows 4-6", evergreen, develops edible red berries; Campanula carpatica (harebell), 6-14", blue or white flowers; Galium odorata (Sweet woodruff), grows 6-8", one of the best covers, white, fragrant flowers in May-June; Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
(Hall's Japanese honeysuckle), 6-12" Will also grow in full sun, but forms denser mats in shade; Mahonia repens (Creeping Oregon grape), 6-12", Evergreen; yellow flowers in spring; holly-like foliage; Penstemon caespitosus (Creeping or mat penstemon), 1-2" Very prostrate mat of tiny narrow leaves; flowers in May-June;
Vinca minor (Periwinkle) 4-6", evergreen, white or purple flowers in spring.

Hope one of these plants is just the right one for your landscape.

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