The Q&A Archives: Ground Covering

Question: What is a good ground covering for a slope with full sun and is deer resistant? I hope it is not gravel. thanks

Answer: Gravel is certainly low maintenance and deer resistant, but not very exciting to look at! Here are a few suggestions for planting on your slope:

Arabis sturii "Mountain Rockcress" Very tight, compact and durable evergreen plant. Deep green star shaped foliage keeps a tight mat as it spreads. Excellent plant for dry, gritty areas, or along a path. Will also adjust to normal garden conditions.

Artemesia viridis "Tiny Green" Pale green foliage has an interesting texture and nice aroma when rubbed. Great plant for tough to grow spots and will take much neglect. Pale tiny cream buds open in bunches, making little bouquets on the ground in late spring.

Draba repens "Carolina Whitlow Grass" This tiny creeper packs a colossal punch when it comes to performance. First of spring finds this neat little perennial in full bloom with yellow flowers. Plant in yard over crocus or mini daffodil flower bulbs in a rock garden or perennial border. Excellent as well in between stepping stones or cascading over retaining walls.

Sedum album chloroticum "Baby Tears" Teardrop shaped succulent forms a tight green carpet, turning red in autumn. White flower spikes in summer top this creeper. Great for rock garden paths, or spilling over banks and rock walls, but also quite useful in shady areas as well.

Sedum album "Coral Carpet" Deep green foliage looks like coral from the ocean. Foliage turns red when stressed from heat or cold. Pretty white flowers adorn red foliage in summer. Excellent plant for rock garden, draping over a wall or around full sun shrubs.

Silene uniflora compacta "Double Bladder Campion" This is one great perennial! It has pleasant soft gray foliage that comes alive in spring with nickel sized soft pink saucer like flowers. Excellent understory plant in the landscape to use with other perennials, shrubs,and around trees. Tough and durable for spots that need to be showy but tend to be neglected. Excellent over flower bulbs and generally anywhere in the landscape.

Cerastium tomentosum "Snow in Summer" Low spreading silver foliage that forms a lovely gray carpet on the ground. Does extremely well around roses, along curbsides or as a lawn substitute. Lovely white flowers cover this plant completely in summer.Perfect anywhere you would use bark!

Yarrow" Soft, fuzzy and durable are the words to decribe this cute little creeper. This perennial hugs the ground and pushes up beautiful lemon yellow flowers in late spring. Excellent in rock gardens, filling in between cracks or spilling over walls.

Erigeron scopulinus "Sunny-side Up Fleabane" Very tight mats of deep green foliage make this an exceptional plant for pathways. Super tight to the ground and will bloom miniature white daisies with yellow centers that look like fried eggs. Will lose leaves in winter, but stems remain and make an interesting display on the ground.

Hope these suggestions are helpful!

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