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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Liriope spicata

    Liriope spicata (bare root plant)

    Liriope spicata a/k/a Creeping lilyturf Zones 4 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Spreads quickly by underground rhizomes to form colonies, and can be somewhat...

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  • Liriope spicata

    Liriope spicata (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope spicata a/k/a Creeping lilyturf Zones 4 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Spreads quickly by underground rhizomes to form colonies, and can be somewhat...

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  • Liriope spicata

    Liriope spicata (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope spicata a/k/a Creeping lilyturf Zones 4 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Spreads quickly by underground rhizomes to form colonies, and can be somewhat...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Variegata'

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' - Flat Variegated Lilyturf, Border Grass, Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial with...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Variegata'

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' - Flat Variegated Lilyturf, Border Grass, Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial with...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Samantha'

    Liriope muscari 'Samantha' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari Samanthaa/k/a Big Blue Lilyturf, Monkey Grass. Zone: 6 to 10.Full sun to deep shade.Mature size 12 to 15 inches height. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays narrow blade-like, green foliage. Dense spikes have clusters of pink...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple'

    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size: 14 to 20 inches height,forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays narrow blade-like, green foliage...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Royal Purple' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size: 14 to 20 inches height,forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays narrow blade-like, green foliage...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Monroe White'

    Liriope muscari 'Monroe White' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Monroe's White' Lilyturf, Border Grass Zones 6 to 10; Partial shade to shade. Mature size 14 to 20 inches height,clump forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays wide blade-like, dark green...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Majestic'

    Liriope muscari 'Majestic' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Majestic' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Partial sun. Mature size 18 to 24 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays narrow blade-like, dark green foliage. Dense spikes have...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' (bare root plant)

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun to dense shade. Mature size 12 to 18 inches height, clump forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays wide blade-like, dark green foliage. Dense...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' (3.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun to dense shade. Mature size 12 to 18 inches height, clump forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays wide blade-like, dark green foliage. Dense...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' (2.5 inch pot)

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun to dense shade. Mature size 12 to 18 inches height, clump forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays wide blade-like, dark green foliage. Dense...

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  • Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon'

    Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon' (18)ct Flat

    Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon' Creeping lilyturf Zones 4 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 8 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays slender, variegated green and...

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  • Liriope spicata

    Liriope spicata (18)ct Flat

    Liriope spicata a/k/a Creeping lilyturf Zones 4 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Spreads quickly by underground rhizomes to form colonies, and can be somewhat...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Variegata'

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' (18)ct Flat

    Liriope muscari 'Variegata' - Flat Variegated Lilyturf, Border Grass, Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun, filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 10 to 16 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial with...

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  • Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' (18)ct Flat

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' Big Blue Lilyturf Zones 5 to 10; Full sun to dense shade. Mature size 12 to 18 inches height, clump forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial displays wide blade-like, dark green foliage. Dense...

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