Erosion prevention and beautification - Knowledgebase Question

Auburn, Al
Question by dauntucker
June 30, 2010
I'm in new subdiv. Hill in backyard sloping down into my backyard. What is best to plant that will help reduce water flow year around - shrubs, trees, etc. Also want something that looks good.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Plants with fibrous root systems will help prevent erosion. These include ornamental grasses, groundcovers such as Achillea, horizontal Ceanothus, Monkey Flower, or groundcover Sage Varieties such as ?Gracias,? ?Pt. Sal,? and ?Bees Bliss?. Some small shrubs to consider include Artemisia, buckwheat, Apache Plume, Bladderpod, Matilija poppy, salvia, ajuga, and vinca. You'll find lots of other groundcovers in your local garden center. Good luck with your new landscape.

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