The Q&A Archives: hillside ground cover and edging

Question: I am between 2 other townhomes with a patio I just had put in which is 11x16. Approximately 5 ft. from the patio is a hillside that was full of weeds that i had Professionally landscaped and cover with dark brown dyed mulch. Both sides of the hillside are weeds and trees. At the top of my hillsile is weeds that look like trees. I would like to plant something at the top and along the sides of my hillside but on both sides of me are weeds and the other tennents have no intention of doing any landscaping what do you think i could do with the area. I would also like to edge the hillside and i don't like plastic or metal. Would bricks be to much for this area?? Also I was thinking of putting ornamental grass around the sides and at the top of my hillside that i had landscaped or some wild flowers at the top. Your ideas would be greatly appreaciated,

Answer: Without knowing how much sun the hillside receives it is difficult to make specific suggestions. Ornamental grasses need full sun or at least a minimum of six hours of direct sun to really grow well. Some perennial flowers that look natural together with ornamental grasses would include purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida "Goldstrum"), yarrow (Achillea), sages (Salvia) and sedums. Spring flowering bulbs such as crocus and daffodils would do well there too. You might also consider adding some shrubs to add height to the planting all season. Some to consider might include burning bush for a good red coloring in the fall or possibly a forsythia for wonderful burst of spring color. How many to use depends on the overall size of the area. All of these plants will all do well in a sunny spot and well drained soil, which a hill provides.

If you are going for a more natural look on the hillside you might want to use a more natural edger material than brick. Used railroad ties, stones collected on the property, or even tree logs would be very in tune with the natural look.

I hope this gives you some ideas.

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