Careful planting successfully addresses both the aesthetic and practical landscaping challenges that a steep bank presents. If I were you I would insist on one of the newer varieties such as ‘Sunburst’ (orange with black eye), ‘Sunglow’ (yellow), and ‘Sunrise Yellow’ (black centers, with large yellow flower.) There's also poplars. Another idea I have for planting right now for a quick and colorful cover that would last forever is lantana. You wrote me three days ago asking if you should plant Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’) on a bank. This book is widely available at bookstores and on the Internet. The flat area also makes it easier to add a 5-10cm layer of mulch, which will to conserve precious moisture. So turn a tough hillside flower bed into a beautiful planting by selecting easy-care groundcover plants for slopes that root into the bank wherever their stems touch soil. I planted a whole steep bank myself once in late summer when I was young and then I kept it watered daily by sprinkling with the hose. Just decide quickly and get going! Plant it immediately from flats and install a low-impact sprinkler system or drip irrigation and you will be amazed to see how quickly it covers the bank in growth and bloom. I tested the soil this year and it still shows too alkaline. The planting needs to be a mix of groundcovers, shrubs, trees, and perennials with the areas between plants(if there are any openings) covered with appropriate mulch and/or boulders. It is susceptible to deer browse but this may not be too great of an issue since you will want to cut them back each season since they are grown more for their colorful red stems (which disappear with age) than their flowers. Add a few decorative trees such as Desert Willow if you are willing to handwater. For a list of plants good for planting near swimming pools check the lists on pages 64 and 65 in the New Sunset Western Garden Book. All trailers have gray foliage and all the newer ones have larger flowers. Dropmore Scarlet honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore’) can also be used as a ground cover and it is a hybrid with brilliant summer bloom that brings hummingbirds but has few if any seeds to be spread by birds. Select plants and combinations that are an extension of your landscape and gardens. This area is very hard to maintain and dangerous to mow. See more ideas about steep gardens, plants, steep. There are many types of shrubs, perennials, vigorous vines or groundcovers that can be used. You can mix the flower colors or just have one color. Erosion Control (video) How to Landscape a Steep Hillside on Your Yard (video) How to Plant Ground Cover to Prevent Erosion (video) Other native shrubs that are useful for controlling erosion on steep banks include lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia), dwarf coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis), Bush anemone (Carpenteria californica), Western redbud (Cercis occidentalis), island bush poppy (Dendromecon harfordii), toyon (Heteromleles arbutifolia), and coffee berry (Rhamnus californica). If your local nursery does not have the cultivars you need in stock you can order your desired variety or varieties in flats. There's also poplars. You can also choose native plants with different bloom cycles for year-round color and variation. Can you suggest some plants that will flourish while helping to control erosion? Plant roots are very efficient at anchoring loose soil on a sloped flower bed. Here are two ideas and caveats in order of my preference: Salal (Gaultheria shallon) native evergreen tolerates shade, sun, moist or dry soil. By looking at this list you can find the nursery or nurseries closest to your home that can supply your chosen plants. You can check Craig’s List for homeowner Aloe cuttings & pups. Large trees, especially, can move large volumes of water. The Lafayette, Calif., "Homeowners Creek Guide to Maintenance, Repair and Planting" reports that willow trees are the best choice for easy establishment of creek bank vegetation. We have developed innovative techniques (low impact, low profile, low maintenance and low cost) to re-establish PERFORMANCE OF stability, STORM WATER MANAGEMENT AND HABITAT. In fact, strawberries from the farm were literally falling into the river channel. Reinforced Steep Slopes Strata recognizes that maximizing land use is the most critical need and has a major cost impact on any site development. Many are colorful and easy to grow in California and easy to grow on banks. I live in the san Francisco Bay area and could you you let me know where I could buy these plants as well as some trailing Gazania? This area is very hard to maintain and dangerous to mow. The deeper-rooted plants will have struck roots into the ground and should be holding the soil deeper down while the gazania should be covering the top. Some will survive with no irrigation once established, but many California native plants can survive in summer without irrigation. Other honeysuckles said not to be invasive are L. sempervirens ”Magnifica’, ‘Leo’, and ‘Superba’. In 10 or 15 years you can cut it to the ground in spring if you wish and let it renew itself from the ground. Release the ladybugs onto the bottom of the bank at dusk after watering and after chilling the ladybugs in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. 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