Slope Flowers Erosion Control Drought Resistant - Knowledgebase Question

Bonita, CA
Question by Dlecias
February 18, 2001
I have a slope that I need to plant with drought tolerant, low growing flowering plant that controls erosion and will comeback year after year in full sun.


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Answer from NGA
February 18, 2001

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There are a number of plants that could be used as a ground cover ranging from the traditional evergreen, blue-flowered periwinkle or vinca minor (kept in bounds by a periodic edging with a shovel) to some of the easy perennials such as creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) or Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) or perhaps daylilies (Hemerocallis) or a creeping form of sedum. In all cases, however, they will establish faster and grow better with less maintenance if you take care to prepare the soil first before you plant by working in plenty of organic matter. In addition, a few inches of organic mulch placed around the plants will help keep down weeds, reduce erosion and help maintian a more even soil temperature and moisture level while they are establishing themselves. Good luck with your project!

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