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kevin101
Feb 11, 2018 1:35 AM CST

I am a lazy person, to avoid mowing and prevent erosion, I would like to have some spreading, perennial and never die, deep roots ground cover for my sunny backyard slope in zone 8a.

Any ideas? Thanks!



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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2018 10:11 PM CST
Junipers
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Name: stone
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stone
Feb 16, 2018 8:16 AM CST
I've never seen attractive ground cover junipers in this area.
Part of the reason is probably that they weren't planted well.

I suggest lantana and Salvia.

Hard to go wrong with the high bush lantana and salvia microphylla.

Lot of people go for "hot lips" salvia.

You'll love the butterflies!

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Lantana and monarchs

Clasping heliotrope is pretty neat too....
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And... There's stiff verbena (verbena rigida), that is absolutely bullet proof, Aggressive as Bermuda, so you would not want it anywhere that you intended to ever reclaim as a garden.
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pepper23
Feb 16, 2018 3:08 PM CST
Nepeta is another good one.
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Zuni
Feb 18, 2018 1:07 AM CST
Aptenia is nice, too. It's a succulent ground cover with pretty hot pink/reddish tiny blooms. I see it all over my neighborhood in San Jose that people use instead of lawns. Another name for it is Baby Sunrose.

Baby Sunrose (Mesembryanthemum cordifolium)

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Name: stone
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stone
Feb 19, 2018 8:46 AM CST
kevin101 said:
I am a lazy person, to avoid mowing and prevent erosion, I would like to have some spreading, perennial and never die, deep roots ground cover for my sunny backyard slope in zone 8a.


Where are you, Kevin?

When people start discussing desert plants... It becomes important to know whether you are in an arid climate, or in the humid south east.

8a really isn't enough information.

When people start talking sun rose...l I start salivating over plants that will not grow here...

Although, I do have "frost rose" which would be a great plant if it would bloom for longer...
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Carolina rock rose (Crocanthemum carolinianum)
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carlysuko
Feb 27, 2018 9:39 PM CST
Rosemary, lavender are two that come to mind. I have a pretty steep Sandy slope and they flourish there. Also cranesbill (Erodium reichardii).

Everything else I use probably wouldn't make it through your winter.
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Bonehead
Feb 27, 2018 9:45 PM CST
I love sunroses, they spread quickly, flower for a long time, stay tidy. I thought they were pretty bullet proof until I literally lost ALL of mine one year (not sure why). I've replanted. Some folks call them rock roses, but I think of those as a whole 'nother plant. Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium)
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