The Q&A Archives: What to plant in west facing rockery

Question: I live along Hood Canal with about 200 feet of west facing steep bank covered by thick ivy. Last year I ripped out the ivy, exposing large rocks used to stabilize the bank. What should I plant to replace the ivy, both in the rockery areas and other fairly steep areas without rocks? Sandy soil, western exposure, 5 to 40 feet above the salt water. Desire NW-friendly plants that will stabilize bank.

Answer: For full to partial sun, choose from the following: Aegopodium podagraria; Ajuga reptans; Houttuynia cordata; Alchemilla mollis; Hypericum calycinum; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi; Lithodora diffusa; Armeria spp.; ? F, M Artemisia spp.; Mentha requienii; Bergenia spp.; Campanula spp.; Ceanothus gloriosus; Phlox subulata; Pratia angulata; Ceratostigma plumbaginoides; Rosmarinus spp.; Cotoneaster dammeri; Sagina subulata or Euonymus fortunei. For partial shade to shady areas, choose from the following: Ajuga reptans; Alchemilla mollis; Ophiopogon japonicus; Pachysandra; Galium or Vinca minor. Good luck with your new groundcover!

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