Q: My hill is about 200 feet wide and it extends back 5 feet. This is in full sun and it will have some foot traffic, which ground covers would you suggest?”
A: When choosing groundcovers, I look for plants that are spreading in nature and generally care-free. Here are some to consider:
Full sun to partial sun
Purple wintercreeper euonymus
Ornamental grasses (hardy fountain grass, maidengrass, Northern sea oats, etc.)
Low-growing cotoneaster (watch out for lacebugs)
Partial sun to light shade
Chrysoganum ‘Eco Lacquered Spider’ (also called “Green n Gold”)
Clumping monkey grass (Liriope muscari)
Spreading monkey grass ( Liriope spicata)
Mondo grass (not the very dwarf varieties though)
Footstones can be provided to direct foot traffic off of the plants.
Remember that NO PLANT will prosper on an eroded clay bank. All of the plants mentioned above MUST have a big pocket of loamy soil in which to grow initially.
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