Hello all, I am new to this particular forum. I am in a real dillema. We own a house that sits on top of a steep hill. The hill currently is a big hodge podge of a mess of plants. Currently it has patches of periwinkle, daylilies, and even clumps of Liriope! And weeds...lots of weeds.
I'm trying to get a nice uniform look for this area. The hill is steep, so I can't mow it. I prefer to not have to weed it. My wife practically refuses to weed and I sleep during the day due to work schedule. So I need it to be maintenance free as possible.
I am in north Mississippi, and the hill is on the north side of my house. So it doesn't get a ton of sun. I wouldn't call it full shade though.
I need something that's an evergreen.
I would like the cover to fill in fairly quickly, but I also don't want something that will be invasive and get out of control and start encroaching into my neighbor's lawn down below the hill. We don't have any kind of retaining wall barrier at the bottom of the hill. I know in general having something that fills in fast AND isn't invasive is kind of a contradiction....but that's why I'm here for help.
Here are the plant ideas I have been tossing around.
1. Keep the periwinkle and just buy more of it to fill the entire hill with it. What bothers me about periwinkle is some parts of it look good on my hill, and other parts seem to get a lot of weeds and grasses growing through it. So I'm concerned how well it will be for weed free maintenance. I also worry about it's invasiveness. It hasn't really spread beyond the bottom parts of my hill where it's currently at, but I think the previous owners have a thick weed fabric buried at the bottom of the hill.
2. Asiatic Jasmine. This was actually recommended to me by a local garden center that came out to look at my hill. I read this plant is very aggressive and it can get out of control quick. So that's worrisome that I might lose control of it.
3. Regular Mondo grass. I think if the grass would arch down the hillside that could be a neat effect. I'm not sure how invasive it would eventually get though, and someone told me recently it may not be the best for suppressing the weeds.
Anyways that's what I have thought of so far. But none of them sound ideal. So that's why I'm here. Thanks for your help.