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Plants for a Slope

For an area that you want to look good but don’t want to deal with, try these nine low-maintenance workhorses

Fine Gardening - Issue 145

Those who choose to garden on an incline exemplify the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemon­ade.” While limited accessibility and maintenance chores can make them difficult to maintain, slopes offer highly visible exhibition opportunities that are easy to take advantage of with slope-friendly plants.

Desirable plants for slopes are low maintenance and evergreen, and they spread to squeeze out weeds and lessen the need for mulch. All three characteristics don’t always show up in good slope plants; some of the best, for example, are deciduous. Regardless, the following shrubs and perennials are proven performers, tried and tested in my slope gardens.

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