Landscape Design forum: Groundcover for brush-filled large slope

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(Zone 6b)
Apr 8, 2018 4:10 PM CST
Hi everyone!

I just purchased my first home in southeast PA this past fall. I have an acre of land, and while I was never terribly interested in gardening in the past, there are some areas of my yard that need serious attention!

In particular, my driveway is several hundred feet long, uphill, and is bordered by slopes that are filled with some poplars and other scrubby, brush-y, (read: not particularly appealing) thick stemmed weeds. I'm looking for anything that is very easy to plant and grow amid the scrub that is already there (I'd rather not spend the time uprooting probably a quarter acre...), will survive the southeastern pa environment, and is likely to spread, the faster, the better. Something that stays green year round is ideal.

I did read about bishops weed and found that the plant doesn't have many fans, but I find myself wondering if it might actually be ideal for my scenario. I do think the white trimmed leaves are pretty and I read that bees like the flowers so that a good thing too, right?

I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts and opinions, and if anyone knows of any other plants that would do the job. Again, my gardening experience is pretty close to zero, so I'd love to learn a thing or two, thanks!!
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Apr 8, 2018 5:08 PM CST

I would suggest Liriope muscari. I also live in southeast Pennsylvania, about two miles east of the Susquehanna River. I would be happy to give you enough for a good start on your hillside if you can to come to my farm and dig it out.

In mild winters it is evergreen, but loses its green color in cold winters. In August it produces pretty purple flowers. It is very easy to grow. It grows well in sun or shade and is not fussy about how much water it gets. It is drought-resistant but can also soak up water in damp spots. It competes successfully with other plants. It spreads, but is not aggressive.

Here are some photos:

Looking uphill on a steep slope; Liriope surrounds the entire garden, and does a great job preventing erosion:
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Flowers in August; this plant is happily growing under a red maple tree that has very greedy roots:
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You can contact me by tree mail if you want some Liriope muscari.

Carol H. Sandt

"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.'' -- Allen Saunders
[Last edited by csandt - Apr 8, 2018 5:36 PM (+)]
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