The Q&A Archives: landscaping a slope

Question: I have a steep slope about 45 degrees behind my yard. It is divided into four sections separated horizontally by a drainage ditch and vertically by some concrete steps. It has been covered in dandelion weeds but it's being weeded now and I'd like to know if you have any suggestions for low cost, drought tolerant landscaping that isn't ice plant.

Answer: Pink Panda Strawberry, Lantana, Acacia redolens, Helianthemum nummularium (Sunrose), Gazania, Dwarf Rosemary, and prostrate bougainvillea will grow on a slope for you. Get them off to a good start by first amending the planting bed so the roots can become established quickly and build half moon watering basins on the downside of the slope to collect water while the plants are new. The indentations in the soil will eventually erode away, but until they do they will collect water, which will help the plants become well established. Best wishes with your slope!

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