Plants for a shaded bank. - Knowledgebase Question

Niota, Tn
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Question by rickbarker
May 4, 2007
The back of my lawn has a very shady bank. Multiple maples provide shade all day. Erosion is also a problem. What plants or grasses will work to stop erosion and is also be pleasing to look at as this is where we have our patio.
Thank you, Rick Barker

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2007
Some plants tolerant of dry shade include Liriope 'Silver Dragon'; leaves are variegated and its blooms are pale lavender; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Kinnikinnick), grows 4-6", evergreen, develops edible red berries; Campanula carpatica (harebell), 6-14", blue or white flowers; Galium odorata (Sweet woodruff), grows 6-8", one of the best covers, white, fragrant flowers in May-June; Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
(Hall's Japanese honeysuckle), 6-12" Will also grow in full sun, but forms denser mats in shade; Mahonia repens (Creeping Oregon grape), 6-12", Evergreen; yellow flowers in spring; holly-like foliage; Penstemon caespitosus (Creeping or mat penstemon), 1-2" Very prostrate mat of tiny narrow leaves; flowers in May-June;
Vinca minor (Periwinkle) 4-6", evergreen, white or purple flowers in spring.

Hope one of these plants is just the right one for your landscape.

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