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Question: we live here in san diego, ca. I am a zero brainer when it comes to gardening so i would like to ask for advice on what type of plant/s should i put on our backyard (fence line area). the available ground/soil is only 12-15 inches from our see-through fence and beyond the fence is the hillside. hillside is still under habitat restoration with quite a few pine-type trees and lots of shrubs and ground-crawling plants.
I would like to have a low-maintenance and probably a fragrant-smelling plant to at least give a soothing and calming effect when we spend time in the backyard.
ALso, can you also give me tips on how to secure the remaining soil from that area since its slowly eroding towards the hillside.
Lastly, thanks for spending time for this on-line tips/advice for garden concerns!
More power! Or should i say 'More Garden Power'!

Answer: I'm leaning towards recommending a flowering vine for the site you describe. Something like Carolina jessamine, wisteria or even climbing roses. As soon as you get something in the ground, the roots will knit together and keep the soil from eroding. You might even plant a vine to grow up the fence and then plant a groundcover such as wooly thyme to hold the soil in place and help slow water evaporation by keeping the soil covered. A groundcover such as wooly thyme grows thick enough to crowd out weeds, flowers in the summer and has a wonderful fragrance when the foliage is crushed.

Best wishes with your garden!

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