Slopes present their own challenges in any garden or yard. Large sloped lawn areas can be difficult to mow, especially if they're very steep, and plants that need frequent tending can be tricky to access on sloped garden beds.
Luckily, there are options out there for great-looking plants that thrive on slopes.
These four perennials can make your sloped spaces the star of the show!
1. Lamb's Ears
Stachys byzantania, commonly known as lamb's ears, is a perennial loved for its foliage. The silver-gray leaves of the plant are triangular, soft, and fuzzy, giving the plant its common name. Lamb's ears are a perfect ground cover for sloped areas in full sun. And although its unique foliage is often the reason this plant is grown, it also blooms in late spring and summer with purple flowers on spiky stems. If you want the plants to continue blooming, deadhead them throughout the season.
This North American native is an ornamental grass with long, feathery leaves that, when planted in groups, form a thick, airy carpet ideal for slopes. This low-maintenance perennial needs light watering until the plants are established, which usually takes about a year. The plants should be pruned in early spring to promote new growth and to keep them looking their best.
Sedum, also known as stonecrop, is a low-growing plant that works well in difficult areas, such as steep slopes. Angelina Sedum features yellow shoots that form pretty patterns with the older green foliage. This perennial will spread to surrounding areas, filling in bare spots quickly. The Angelina Sedum does best in well-drained soil and full sun, features small yellow flowers during the blooming season, and is virtually maintenance-free. In warmer areas, it's also evergreen.
Walker's Low is a variety of nepeta, also known as catmint. The only plant on this list grown more for its flowers than its foliage, Walker's Low is a perennial shrub that features multitudes of small, dark lavender flowers on tall stalks that bloom in early summer and sporadically throughout the season. You can shear the plant back after the initial bloom to get another significant bloom, but this will also keep the plant from getting as big as it might otherwise. The flowers on this low-maintenance plant attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.
Slopes can be considered obstacles in the garden, but they can also be seen as opportunities. With beautiful plants like the ones in this list, your troublesome slope can become a highlight of your garden!