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Apr 28, 2018 1:47 PM CST

I'm nearly done clearing out some dying brush in my front yard. There are a few trees, but they are so tall that almost all of the bed area gets plenty of sun — probably too much.

Irrigation is poor because of the slope, when watering there is a lot of run off.

Any suggestions for plants and shrubs that can thrive in this environment? I'd love something that looks good too.

I'm in central Massachusetts and there are a lot of roots and rocks in my soil.

Thanks!
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Apr 28, 2018 6:46 PM CST
Name: Sean B
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TwinDad, I started with a similar situation, but here the previous try by others was to cover the slope with pachysandra after the grass didn't take. I reworked the soil by hand and supplemented it with compost. Then I planted largely xeric (only low moisture required) stuff.

Here's the early before and after:
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And a more recent shot taken after the required wait time (think years) of the sleep, creep and leap of the garden:

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I also had to contend with deer, so my choices were limited. Yarrow and salvia are great. A creeping juniper or other evergreens would be good to have for winter interest. As you seek out your choices, use "xeric" as a key word and you'll come up with good options.
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May 2, 2018 2:50 PM CST

Whitebeard,

Thanks for the ideas. I don't have to contend with deer, so I'm lucky, but I think my choices will be limited as well. I will post my layout once I've planted some things.

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May 2, 2018 2:56 PM CST
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I love what you've done, Sean. I have many similar situations on our 10 acres. I've just begun to try to hold slopes and make things look nicer.
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