Succulents and other low water shrubs (especially Australian natives and South African varieties) work beautifully on slopes. Slopes will provide good drainage and offer a great perspective on the sculptural plants like Aloes and Agaves, since you are often viewing them from below.
One may also ask, are succulents good for erosion control?
Cacti and succulents are also water-wise and visually diverse; they, however, are not helpful for erosion control on their own because of shallow roots. This is especially true for ice plant, which can slide away like a skin during heavy rains.
Regarding this, what can I plant on a sloped front yard?
Runoff is one of the biggest challenges with hillside gardens and even more so when the slope runs off into the driveway, where soil can settle. Choose plants that will anchor the hillside, such as shrubs, ornamental grasses and prairie plants like coneflower, that form a mat of roots.
What to plant on a steep hillside?
Some plants that work well on slopes include:
- Burning Bush.
- Fragrant Sumac.
- Japanese Yew.
- California Lilac.
- Creeping Juniper.
- Dwarf Forsythia.
- Siberian Carpet Cypress.
The right type of grass is perfect for erosion control on mild slopes because it provides a dense root mass and tough foliage that holds up well under foot traffic. For shade tolerance, one good choice is fescue (Festuca spp.), available at garden stores and landscape suppliers in both seed blends and as sod.
Steep, sunny slopes are perfect for perennials such as daylilies, creeping phlox, lamb’s ears, stonecrop and a variety of ornamental grasses. A number of woody plants can also serve as good groundcovers, especially creeping juniper, fragrant sumac, bearberry, and Russian arborvitae.
Succulents have unique adaptations that have made them hardy and versatile enough to survive a variety of harsh conditions. Therefore, your succulent should be able to survive on or in rocks so long as they have just enough soil to cover their roots.
Succulent Outdoor Plants
Sedum and sempervivum are easy to grow and adaptable to bright, sunny locations or even slightly dappled areas. Whatever types of plants you choose, succulents need well-drained soil. They can thrive in cracks and crevasses, rockeries, and sandy or gritty soils.