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Erosion Control

Plants that root on slopes can absorb wind and water that erode topsoil.

When selecting plants for erosion control or slope stabilization be sure to consider soil depth and drainage. Areas where erosion control is an issue, soil is usually lacking microorganisms and nutrients or suffering from compaction. Applying compost as mulch can be used as an erosion control material that also enhances soil.

When tilled into the surface, compost modifies the physical soil properties, improving water-holding ability and resistance to compaction. The microorganisms in compost aid in the formation of soil aggregates, the building blocks of good soil structure. Spaces in the aggregates allow water to percolate the soil and air to reach plant roots. When soil particles aggregate together, they are less likely to erode during rainstorms.

In clay soils, compost reduces the bulk density and increases the porosity, thus improving the exchange of air and water through the soil. In sandy soils, compost increases the water-holding capacity and soil aggregation.

  • If you cannot amend the soil of the entire slope, amend it a hole at a time.
  • Fast growing species that have spreading root systems will “hold” the soil in place quicker.

Ornamental grasses offer a variety of design ideas and options to planting a slope. Recommended ground covers for erosion control includes: Ajuga (sun & shade), Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Sun or light shade), Chrysogonum virginianum (light shade), Convallari majallisa (shade), Dianthus gratianopolitanus (sun), Dryopteris erythrosora (Part sun to full shade), Epimedium (Sun or light shade), Euonymus (sun & shade), Hedera (sun & shade), Hypericum (sun or light shade), Lamiastrum (sun & shade), Lantana (sun), Liriope muscari (sun & shade), Liriope spicata (sun & shade), Mazus (sun), Ophipogon japonicus (sun & shade), Pachysandra (shade), Phlox subulata (sun), Rubus (sun), Santolina chamaecyparissus (sun), Trachelospermum jasminoides (sun & shade), Vinca major (sun & shade):

  • Epimedium 'Spine Tingler'
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    Epimedium ssp. n. 'Spine Tingler' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium ssp. n. 'Spine Tingler' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Barrenwort'Spine Tingler' is aptly named for its dark green leaves that have spiny margins. These leaves take on a slight blush tint. Soft yellow flowers bloom on compact plants in mid to late...

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  • Epimedium 'Sandy Claws'
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    Epimedium w. 'Sandy Claws' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium w. 'Sandy Claws' (30)ct Flat Common Name: BarrenwortThis woodland perennial is perfect to combine with other shade staples like Hostas and ferns. 'Sandy Claws' has a similar leaf shape to 'Spine Tingler' but forms a larger plant with long,...

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  • Epimedium 'Rigoletto'
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    Epimedium x o. 'Rigoletto' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium x o. 'Rigoletto' (30)ct Flat Common Name: BarrenwortFlowers have deep rose red sepals, orange centers, and creamy white spurs. Bright green, lance-shaped leaves are lightly spotted with coppery red, but is not as heavily flecked as other...

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  • Epimedium 'Pretty in Pink'
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    Epimedium 'Pretty in Pink' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium 'Pretty in Pink' (30)ct Flat Common Name: BarrenwortThis beautiful E. grandiflorum hybrid is the perfect choice for your spring shade garden. Flowers have white spurs, rose pink backs, and deeper rose centers. Small heart-shaped, bright green...

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  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners® Paint the Town SeriesCommon Name: PinksMembers of the Paint the Town Series are prized for their bright colors and increased heat tolerance. This translates to better performance nearly...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink'

    Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' 3.5 inch pot Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 'Emerald Pink' is a...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'Ingwersen Lily TurfLiriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (a.k.a.'Ingwersen') has ½" wide, green leaf blades. Blooms profusely with long, full, lavender flower spikes mid-Summer. Classic Blue Liriope stays in clump form. It...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Classic Blue'Ingwersen Lily TurfLiriope muscari 'Classic Blue' (a.k.a.'Ingwersen') has ½" wide, green leaf blades. Blooms profusely with long, full, lavender flower spikes mid-Summer. Classic Blue Liriope stays in clump form. It...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Rose Quartz' 
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    Phlox s. 'Rose Quartz' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Rose Quartz' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping PhloxLarge, rose pink flowers (1-1¼'). A deeper shade than 'Pink Sparkles' but lighter than 'Ruby Riot'...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Pink Sparkles'
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    Phlox s. 'Pink Sparkles' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Pink Sparkles' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping PhloxSoft, baby pink flowers with lighter halos at the centers. The earliest of the series to bloom with the largest flowers...

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  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (30)ct Flat Common Name: Pinks'Paint the Town Fancy' produces 1', single, rosy fuchsia flowers with a red eye and serrated petals. Flowers completely cover the plant when it's in peak. Its...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'
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    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat...

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  • Osmunda regalis (bare root plant)

    Osmunda regalis (bare root plant)

    Osmunda regalisCommon Name: royal fernFamily: OsmundaceaeZone: 3 to 9Height: 2 to 3 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feetSun: Part shade to full shadeWater: Medium to wetMaintenance: LowNaturalize, Rain GardenTolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Wet Soil Mature field grown...

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  • Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell'
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    Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Kiss and Tell' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS Series Common Name: PinksLarge semi-double, blush pink to white flowers have a dark red eye. Blue-green foliage. Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9Flower Color: Pink...

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  • Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' 
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    Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Goody Gumdrops' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS Series Common Name: PinksSemi-double, fuchsia pink flowers with a red eye. Blue-green foliage. Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9Flower Color: Pink shadesFoliage...

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  • Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow'
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    Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox, Moss PinksCreeping Phlox are a classic harbinger of spring, exploding with color as a sign that the final days of winter are past. 'Eye Shadow' forms a mound of bright green,...

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  • Epimedium 'Amber Queen'
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    Epimedium 'Amber Queen' PP17197 (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium 'Amber Queen' PP17197 (30)ct Flat Common Name: Barrenwort, Longspur EpimediumA dazzling unique Epimedium that will catch your eye-it certainly caught ours! Epimediums are uncommon in the market and in high demand. The airy, delicate-looking...

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  • Dianthus 'Classic Coral'
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    Dianthus 'Classic Coral' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Classic Coral' PPAF (30)ct Flat FRUIT PUNCH® Series Common Name: Pinks'Classic Coral' is the long-awaited missing color of the FRUIT PUNCH® series. In early summer a splash of double, striking coral pink flowers is produced over a...

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  • Dianthus 'Cute as a Button'
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    Dianthus 'Cute as a Button' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Cute as a Button' PPAF (30)ct Flat PRETTY POPPERS™ Series Common Name: PinksSemi-double, bright pink flowers have a deep red eye and serrated edges. Blue-green foliage. Height: 6.0-8.0 InchesSpread: 14.0 InchesHardiness Zones:...

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  • Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst'
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    Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Appleblossom Burst' PPAF (30)ct Flat PRETTY POPPERS™ SeriesCommon Name: PinksSemi-double flowers with a mixture of flowers colors, from white to an intense pink blush. In a greenhouse, these flowers will be nearly white. Blue-green...

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  • Epimedium 'Pink Champagne'

    Epimedium 'Pink Champagne' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium, ‘Lilac Fairy’  (30)ct Flat Common Name: Barrenwort, Longspur Epimedium 'Pink Champagne' produces flowers with white spurs and raspberry centers. The delicate-looking flowers have an airy feel, making it the perfect...

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  • Epimedium 'Domino'

    Epimedium 'Domino' (30)ct Flat

    Epimedium 'Domino' (30)ct Flat Barrenwort, Longspur Epimedium, ‘Lilac Fairy’. 'Domino' produces flowers with white spurs and pink centers. The delicate-looking flowers have an airy feel, making it the perfect contrast to other shade items...

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  • Dianthus barbatus 'Scarlet Fever'

    Dianthus b. 'Scarlet Fever' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus barbatus 'Scarlet Fever' PPAF (30)ct Flat Perennial Sweet William This sport of 'Heart Attack' has bright, red-orange flowers when the sunlight shines on them, compared to the black-red color of its parent. This type of Dianthus forms...

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  • Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles'

    Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Raspberry Ruffles' PPAF - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks; This Dianthus produces large, florist quality, fully double, raspberry pink blossoms about 1¾ inches wide. Each serrated petal is framed by a...

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  • Dianthus 'Electric Red'
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    Dianthus 'Electric Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Electric Red' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks Dramatic, rich red double flowers that grab you from a distance. Flowers are held on strong stems above blue-green leaves.  Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0...

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  • Dianthus 'Double Bubble'

    Dianthus 'Double Bubble' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Double Bubble' PPAF - PRETTY POPPERS (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks; Series Name: Fruit Punch Series  Double, medium pink flowers with blue-green foliage. Very floriferous and a petite package.  Height: 6.0-8.0 Inches Inches; Spread:...

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  • Dianthus 'Cherry Vanilla'

    Dianthus 'Cherry Vanilla' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Cherry Vanilla' PPAF - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: pinks; Series Name: Fruit Punch Series  'Cherry Vanilla' has fully double, carnation-like flowers. 1.5in wide, deep red flowers have a sharply contrasting,...

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  • Dianthus 'Spiked Punch'
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    Dianthus 'Spiked Punch' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Spiked Punch' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series Incredibly vibrant fuchsia pink, double flowers have deep red eyes and heavily serrated petals. The flowers are a little larger than most of the other members of the series at...

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  • Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail'
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    Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Cranberry Cocktail' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners FRUIT PUNCH Series Full, 2” double hot magenta pink flowers have serrated edges, rising above its grey-green, dense foliage.  Deer resistant, low maintenance and drought tolerant,...

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  • Polystichum acrostichoides CHRISTMAS FERN

    Polystichum acrostichoides (bare root plant)

    Polystichum acrostichoides CHRISTMAS FERN Zones 3 to 9, Partial to full shade. Mature height one to two feet high, space 18 to 24 inches. Evergreen, dark, shiny green fronds are leathery and lance-shaped and divided with holly-like leaflets. Typically...

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  • Polystichum acrostichoides CHRISTMAS FERN

    Polystichum acrostichoides (3.5 inch pot)

    Polystichum acrostichoides CHRISTMAS FERN Zones 3 to 9, Partial to full shade.Mature height one to two feet high, space 18 to 24 inches. Evergreen, dark, shiny green fronds are leathery and lance-shaped and divided with holly-like leaflets.Typically...

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  • Osmunda cinnamomea

    Osmunda cinnamomea (bare root plant)

    Osmunda cinnamomeaCommon Name: Cinnamon FernFamily: OsmundaceaeZone: 2 to 10Height: 2 to 5 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feetSun: Part shade to full shadeWater: Medium to wetMaintenance: LowNaturalize, Rain GardenTolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Wet Soil Native to...

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  • Osmunda regalis

    Osmunda regalis (3.5 inch pot)

    Osmunda regalisCommon Name: royal fernFamily: OsmundaceaeZone: 3 to 9Height: 2 to 3 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feetSun: Part shade to full shadeWater: Medium to wetMaintenance: LowNaturalize, Rain GardenTolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Wet Soil Click here for more...

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  • Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus'aka 'Ebony Knight' and 'Nigrescens'Common Name: mondo grassType: Herbaceous perennialFamily: AsparagaceaeZone: 6 to 9Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feetSpread: 0.75 to 1.00 feetBloom Time: July to AugustBloom Description: PinkSun: Full sun...

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  • Liriope muscari 'John Burch'

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' Thin border of creamy yellow edging each leaf blade. The flowers are lavender and it gets about 12 inches tall. Seeds mature into black berries and remain throughout the winter. Mature field grown plant shipped bare root...

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  • Liriope muscari 'John Burch'

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'John Burch' Click here for more ordering and shipping information. Thin border of creamy yellow edging each leaf blade. The flowers are lavender and it gets about 12 inches tall. Seeds mature into black berries and remain throughout the...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Gold Band'

    Liriope muscari 'Gold Band' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Gold Band' Flower Color -Mauve/LilacBlooming Time -Mid Summer toEarly FallFoliage Color -Deep Green andVariegated YellowUses -Alpine ; Rock,Border,Containers,Deer Resistant,Drought Tolerant,Edging,Rabbit Resistant,Evergreen,Ground...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Densiflora' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'Densiflora' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'Densiflora' Upright, Mature height 18-22" dark green leaf blade 3/8" - 1/2" wide, Lavender flower spike. Dense clumper. Good for borders. Similar to Evergreen Giant. Mature field grown plant shipped bare root. Click here for more...

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  • Vinca major 'Variegata'

    Vinca major 'Variegata' (3.5 inch pot)

    Vinca major 'Variegata' a/k/a Periwinkle, Big Leaf Periwinkle, Creeping MyrtleZone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones.Mature size: 8 to 18 inches height; fast spreading, vine-like...

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  • Vinca major 'Green'

    Vinca major 'Green' (3.5 inch pot)

    Vinca major 'Green' a/k/a Periwinkle, Big Leaf Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Zone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones. Mature size: 8 to 18 inches height; fast spreading, vine-like...

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  • Trachelospermum asiaticum (3.25 inch pot)

    Trachelospermum asiaticum (3.25 inch pot)

    Trachelospermum asiaticum a/k/a Asiatic Jasmine, Asian Jasmine, Dwarf Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine, Dwarf Confederate jasmine, small leaf Confederate jasmine Zone: 7 to 10. Sun to Shade. Prefers some shade in zone 10. Mature size: 6 to 24 inches tall;...

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  • Trachelospermum asiaticum (2.5 inch pot)

    Trachelospermum asiaticum (2.5 inch pot)

    Trachelospermum asiaticuma/k/a Asiatic Jasmine, Asian Jasmine, Dwarf Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine, Dwarf Confederate jasmine, small leaf Confederate jasmineZone: 7 to 10. Sun to Shade. Prefers some shade in zone 10.Mature size: 6 to 24 inches tall;...

    $2.37
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