Ground Covers for Slope

(Question)

Hi there,
My yard backs in a slope about 50 degree in North York. I’m looking for a recommendation for a low maintenance, shade tolerant ground cover that could help control erosion on an east facing but fully shaded steep slope. Could you help me? The photos attached for your information.

Have a nice day.
Thanks and best regards.

Allen Zhuang

 

(Answer)

Hello:

Thank you for your question. Toronto Master Gardeners have an excellent Fact Sheet on Broadleaf Groundcovers; I have put the link below.

The Fact Sheet recommends Vinca minor (Periwinkle) and Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge) for full shade, but they also prefer moist soil. For dry shade, think of Barrenwort (Epimedium), Geranium (Geranium macrorhizum), Spotted bellflower (Campanula punctata) or, my personal favourite, Sweet Woodruff (Gallium odoratum syn Asperula odorata).

Sweet Woodruff makes a low mat of small thin green leaves and grows in semi to deep dry shade. Tiny white flowers cover it in May. Care: rake away dead stems and add 1 cm compost in early spring.

Broadleaf Evergreen Groundcovers: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide