Great hillside landscaping will protect against erosion, add value to your property and provide you with an idyllic view. A large number of plants are suitable for hillside landscapes, but some are better suited than others. You need to research the most suitable plants to grow in your region. This will vary depending on soil condition, drainage and sun exposure levels.
The ideal plants to grow vary from region to region. However, plants at the top of the hill will need to be more drought tolerant than plants at the bottom of the hill. This is due to water running down the hillside. Similarly, plants at the bottom will need to thrive in wet conditions.
The following brief overview of popular hillside landscape plants will help you assess their suitability for your needs.
1. Cotoneaster Lowfast
Cotoneaster Lowfast is an evergreen ground cover with low height growth. It grows up to 1 foot in most areas and covers a wide area. It is ideally suited to hillsides due to covering an area of up to 12 feet. It is deer tolerant and drought tolerant. It grows in full sun or part shade conditions and produces a white flower in spring.
Junipers offer a variety of colors to brighten up any hillside landscape. They are drought tolerant, grow in both acidic and alkaline soil and require very little maintenance. This makes them ideal for awkward hillside landscapes where accessibility is a problem.
3. Baccharis Pigeon Point or Dwarf Coyote Brush
Baccharis Pigeon Point grows up to 1 foot and covers an area of up to 12 foot. It is a perennial ground cover that requires full sun conditions. It blooms mid spring through to mid fall and produces a white near white bloom. It is deer resistant and grows in both acidic and alkaline soil conditions.
4. Ceanothus Gloriosus
Ceanothus Gloriosus is a broad leaf evergreen ground cover that grows up to 3 feet with a spread of 6 feet. It blooms with a lavender blue flower appearing in the spring. It grows in part shade or full sun conditions and is drought tolerant. It can grow in both acidic and alkaline soil conditions and is effective against erosion.
5. Golden Globe Arborvitae
Golden Globe Arborvitae grows up to 3 feet in height and width at maturity. It is low maintenance and requires full sun conditions for growth. The soil preference is slightly acidic and well drained.
The above plants are some of the best hillside landscaping plants that help prevent erosion and deliver a stunning landscape. You should choose the best plants that will thrive in your area.
Planting trees is an alternative that will provide a wind break. However, hillside plants will add value to your property as they will enable you to enjoy the view of the whole landscape without trees blocking it. You just need to keep an eye on any hillside plant so that it doesn't aggressively take over the whole landscape.