Planting on a slope
I am in VA (new construction). I need to plant a large area on a slope that gets medium to heavy sun. I want something that grows quickly and is an evergreen. Shore juniper was suggested, but what I could find describes them as slow growing and very prickly... both not desirable. Any suggestions?
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If you'd like something fast-growing and softer, try ornamental grasses on your slope. They'll dig in and keep erosion to a minimum. Some varieties to try in your area: Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'; Helictotrichon sempervirens (Blue Avena Grass); and Schizachyrium coparium 'The Blues.' I would reconsider some Junipers, however, because the ornamental grasses are not evergreen--if you leave the seedheads, you'll get a nice, natural look throughout the winter, but the color will be red, blue and wheat. Should you rethink the Junipers, try low-growers like Juniperus chinensis procumbens and Juniper horizontalis--they reach maturity faster.--Stephanie Hainsfurther

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