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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Phlox subulata 'Snowflake'

    Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' 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. 'Snowflake' forms a short, tight,...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Red Wing'

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' 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. This compact variety forms a short,...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty'

    Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' Flower Colour Mauve/Lilac Blooming Time Mid SpringLate Spring Foliage Color Deep Green Plant Uses ; Characteristics Alpine ; RockContainersDrought TolerantEdgingEvergreenGround CoverWild Flower Click here for more ordering...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink'
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    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata "Drummond's Pink" in 3.5" pot 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 of evergreen to...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'

    Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' a/k/a Moss Phlox. Zone: 3 to 9. Full sun to filtered sun.Mature size: 6 to 8 inch height; spreads 2 feet. Fragrant, pink and white stripe flowers atop a dense carpet of needle-like foliage. Colorful and compact, creeping...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Blue Emerald'

    Phlox subulata 'Blue Emerald' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'BlueEmerald' 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 of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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  • Phlox subulata White

    Phlox subulata White (18)ct Flat

    Phlox subulata White 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 of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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  • Pink Phlox Flats

    Phlox subulata Pink (18)ct Flat

    Phlox subulata Pink 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 of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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  • Phlox subulata Blue

    Phlox subulata Blue (18)ct Flat

    Phlox subulata Blue 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 of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' 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. This compact variety forms a short,...

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