Create an Inviting Landscape with This Drought-Tolerant Slope Garden Plan

Tame a tough-to-mow incline with this beautiful, easy-care design that showcases a water-thrifty selection of plants.

Water penetrates poorly on a slope. In fact, a lot of it runs off before it soaks in. That can make sloping land a tricky situation for planting, but this garden plan features several drought-tolerant perennials such as sedum that thrive in hot, dry, sunny conditions. The hardscape elements in this design, such as wide steps, also help convert the sloped area from inaccessible to inviting. Clusters of boulders are nestled into the soil to anchor portions of the sloped flower bed and add natural beauty. And finally, groundcovers such as creeping thyme help slow down and catch the water that might otherwise be lost on the gentle incline.

Drought-Tolerant Slope Garden illustration
Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Plants for Creating the Drought-Tolerant Slope Garden Plan

  • 3 White stonecrop (Sedum album ‘Chubby Fingers’): Zones 4-8
  • 5 Golden carpet sedum (Sedum acre): Zones 3-8
  • 1 Barrenwort (Epimedium rubrum): Zones 4-9
  • 6 Sea thrift (Armeria maritima): Zones 3-9
  • 4 Creeping thyme (Thymus coccineus): Zones 4-9
  • 1 New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax): Zones 8-10
  • 4 Hybrid sedum (Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’): Zones 3-7
  • 1 Sea lavender (Limonium latifolium): Zones 5-9
  • 2 Oregon stonecrop (Sedum oreganum): Zones 2-9
  • 1 Two-row stonecrop (Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’): Zones 4-9

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.

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