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Planting sloped area outside house which had grass

Unusually for housing estate have small triangle of grass between footpath and garden wall. Not sure of ownership but trying to check with council. With advancing years have removed grass from front and back garden, leaving this as only tiny patch requiring mowing and ownership of law mower. Thinking Mypex, and trailing plants, biggest problem is slope making mulch or chippings difficult to keep in place. Suggestions of plants etc. marypw, Lucan, Co Dublin Posted: 25/05/2013


Bark or stone will slide off Mypex ground cover material more quickly than off soil, so apply bark to the soil, perhaps scoring little terraces across the slope to give a little grip or leaving the slope somewhat roughly dug at the surface. Any shrubs of choice will suit a bank, but lower kinds such as cistus, genista, lavender, teucrium and santolina look well.


suitable plants for Sloping Banks

To the side of our front garden, we have a steep Bank sloping, (25 mtrs. in length & about 2 mtrs drop) into our garden from the adjoining property. We have had to put drainage to prevent heavy rainfall turning the area into near like waterfall conditions. We have planted 4 pampas grasses and 6 phormiums. The soil is sandy. We intend to mulch this area with pebbles but would like to plant some suitable shrubs to add interest and colour to compliment what we have. Any suggestions. 200420091, kilmuckridge, Co Wexford Posted: 30/06/2011


The best way to deal with a bank of this kind is to plant it out with a mixture of trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. Stone on a bank constantly moves down and weeds sprout in it.

Choose a few trees, perhaps three, such as birch, laburnum or acacia, soms shrubs such as hypercium, potentilla, fuchsia,  lavender, viburnum, cistus and spiraea and perennials such as pampas, phormium, red-hot poker, geranium, dierama, osteospermum, teucrium, perovskia and Japanese anemone.



I have a dry embankment that is covered in wild grass. It is too steep to safely strim on a regular basis. I am thinking of covering it with weed fabric and then planting some ground cover plants to take the place over. Is Cotoneaster dammerii a good plant for this. Is this also more commonly called bearberry cotoneaster. How far apart should I plant them? dboyle, Killybegs, Co Donegal Posted: 22/03/2010


This solution works to a limited degree.

A bank of this kind is unattractive because it is simply a bare slope. Covering it with cotoneaster is something of an improvement but a limited one.

Weed control fabric will work well unless debris lands on it and grass grows in the debris. The trick is to have the groundcover plants established before this happens.

Any bank is better planted with a few kinds of trees, shrubs and perennial flowers, the choice depending on where the bank is located. Use a few trees, more shrubs and some large perennial flowers to soften the appearance of the shrubs.

More on this at:   http://www.garden.ie/gardendesign.aspx?id=404






Soil Erosion

our house was built on a field with a slope and we had to dig down the the foundations so now we have a bank at the back of the house. i am planting some vegetables this year. there is a 4ft drop from the bank down to the lawn. at the foor of the bank i planted some beech hedging last year. my problem is that the bank is eroding away, especially after the heavy frost this winter. are there plants that can bind the soil to slow this down. i cant really afford to put in a retaining wall or rows of sleepers so i was wondering if there was a more natural solution? Tones692, , Co Limerick Posted: 22/03/2010


Any kind of plants will help to retain loose soil on a bank but only when they have covered the whole bank.

But the beech hedge you have planted will disguise it after a few years and you cannot put a wall where the beech is anyway.

The crumbling of a bank reduces as time passes and you can speed that up by raking down loose material. Even off the bank as best you can and allow the beech to hide it.

  plants for a sloping bank

plants for a sloping bank

Hi Gerry I have a sloping bank at the back of my house with a wet corner at one end. Can you recomend plants that are easy to maintain. I will be mulching between the plants. Are there are pictures of landscapped slopes that are mature. Sometimes it nice to see what the effect will look like in a few years What would you think of dogwood (red and yellow). Is this a hard plant to maintain.The effect of this plant in winter is nice. Mary mmcmahon, Kilmaley, Co Clare Posted: 19/02/2009


A bank can be planted with any kind of trees and shrubs ... it is not necessary to use low ground-hugging plants. In fact, these do not disguise the bank but simply cover it. Use a mixture of shrubs of your choice, perhaps batches of low ones, some groups of taller ones and some trees to give height to the whole arrangement.

The dogwoods are fine for the wet spot, use others elsewhere.... and remember any kind can be used. 

Check out our Plant finder for more choices:  http://www.garden.ie/plantdirectory.aspx




how does one correct a slope towards the house on a large garden> MIsecaitlin, Palmerstown, Co Dublin Posted: 18/10/2008


The main way to deal with a slope is to make it into a terrace or series of terraces. In this way, areas of level surface can be created. The idea is to see the slope as a series of steps.

Making terraces means cutting and filling, digging by hand on  small scale or with machinery. Retaining walls may be needed depending on location. 

It is possible sometimes to widen the space at the house side, at the bottom of the slope and push back the slope by making it more severe. This might need engineering advice on a retaining wall. 


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