The Q&A Archives: Hillside landscape

Question: We live on a lake, in fact, we pump water up for watering the lawn. I have tried to plant a garden on the hill..using rocks and timbers as edging on 3 differentlevels on the hill.(this hill flows down to the lake. Last summer..everything got burned up in the August heat. (we cant' leave the pump on while we are away) I was thinking of installing drip irrigation. What plants? Thanks

Answer: I think the best choices for the area you describe are plants native to your local area. While they need water to become established, most will do well on natural rainfall. Installing a drip system prior to planting can really help keep both you and your plants happy. Consider these:

prickly pear cactus (Opuntia species); coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens);
stonecrop (Sedum ternatum & others); yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens);
columbine (Aquilegia canadensis); trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans);
bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis); passion vine (Passiflora incarnata);
mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum); atamasco lily (Zephyranthes atamasco); dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata); wax myrtle or bayberry (Myrica cerifera);
butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa); sumac (Rhus species); blue star (Amsonia tabernaemontana); native viburnums (Viburnum species); ironweed (Vernonia species); beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana); rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium); black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia fulgida); new jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus);
green coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata); blanket flower (Gaillardia species);
bird?s foot violet (Viola pedata); goldenrod (Solidago species); asters (Aster species); redbud (Cercis Canadensis); blazing Star (Liatris graminifolia); golden aster (Pityopsis/Chrysopsis species); thoroughwort (Eupatorium species); coreopsis (Coreopsis species); beardtongue (Penstemon species.)

Best wishes with your garden!

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