Preventing Soil Erosion - Knowledgebase Question

Park Forest, Il
Question by shelleymikul
May 28, 2008
I live in a Chicago suburb, can you tell me which perennials and shrubs would work to help with soil eroision? The yard has an incline in the back and is on the shady side. After a rain there is always soil run off.


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Answer from NGA
May 28, 2008

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Groundcovers are always a good bet when trying to stop soil erosion.
Aegopodium leodograria (Bishopsweed); Ajuga reptans (Bugleweed); Arabis caucasia (Rock cress); Asarum (wild ginger, evergreen wild ginger); Bergenia (Saxifrage);
Convallaria (Lily-of-the-Valley); Epimedium Euonymus fortunei (Wintercreeper Euonymus); Galax Galium Hedera (English Ivy); Hypericum (St. John's Wort);
Juniperus (Junipers); Liriope Pachysandra (Japanese Spurge); Sedum; Vinca (Periwinkle, myrtle); Waldesteinia (Barren Strawberry);

Shade loving perennials include:
Acorus (Sweet Flag); Alliums; Anemone; Aquilegia (Columbine); Astilbe; Begonia;
Brunnera (Bugloss); Caladium; Cypripedium (Lady's Slipper Orchid); Dicentra (Bleeding Heart); Digitalis (Foxglove); Gentiana (Gentian); Geranium (True geranium); Helleborus (Winter rose); Hemerocallis (Daylilies); Hepatica (Liverwort);
Heuchera (Coralbells); Hosta (Plantain lily); Iberis (Evergreen candytuft); Iris ;
Ligularia; Lunaria (Moneyplant); Lysichiton (Skunk Cabbage); Mertensia (Virginia Bluebells); Monarda (Beebalm); Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder); Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal); Primula (Primrose); Sanguinaria (Bloodroot); Thalictrum (False Solomon's Seal); Tradescantia (Flower-of-the-Day); Trillium; Trollius (Globe Flowers).

If you'd like to add a few shrubs, consider:
Azaleas
Buxus -- Boxwood
Calycanthus -- Carolina Allspice
Enkianthus
Fothergilla -- Bottlebrush plant
Hibiscus syriacus -- Rose of Sharon
Hydrangea quercifolia -- Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Ilex crenata -- Japanese Holly
Kerria japonica -- Japanese Kerria
Leucothoe
Mahonia -- Oregon Grape Holly
Pieris japonica -- Lily of the Valley Shrub
Rhododendron
Ribes alpinum -- Alpine Current
Symphoricarpos Snowberry

Hope your find just the right plants for your garden!

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