Planting on a Slope - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mlphillips28
February 4, 2010
I was wondering if it is better to plant ornamental grass and perennials instead of lawn. The area gets lots of sun and I want some color. It's not a big area but I want curb appeal.


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Answer from NGA
February 4, 2010

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I think you have a terrific idea! Ornamental grasses make great substitutes for lawns, especially on a slope. Some to consider planting include Blue Fescue(Festuca glauca), Blue Oat Grass(Helictotrichon sempervirens), Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) - can grow 2-5' tall so be sure to read the plant label; Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pennsylvanica) and Mondo grass. Some perennials to interplant include summer Phlox, Daylilies, Coreopsis, irises, spring and summer flowering bulbs and candytuft. The choices are many - stop by your local garden center for even more ideas. Enjoy your colorful garden!

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