Ideas for planting on a slope?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by seacoastlandscape, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. seacoastlandscape

    seacoastlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Redoing a large bed that runs up the side of the driveway sloped about 30 to 40 degrees. Customer wants it redone with some color. First thought was boxwood's to separate the wood line and junipers about 3 feet apart, but that provides no contrasts of color aside from green. Also have a horrible deer problem they will eat anything. So any ideas of some plants or pics would greatly help.
  2. Bill S

    Bill S LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    intermingle some barberry and rosa rugosa in with juniper. All pretty well deer resistant (not deer proof)
  3. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    can you still buy barberry? it was removed from commerce here in MA. I hate it anyway but if you have bad deer issues then it will work.

    I sure am glad they can't cross the bridge to get to the Cape.
  4. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    what ever you put in, surround everything with ground cover juniper to stablize the hill and you don't have to worry about the mulch washing out.

    Why would MA stop selling barberry? Its such a standard plant here.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    They will not eat Rosemary, Santolina, Lavender.
  6. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    Not just Massachusetts - barberry is a VERY aggressive seeder and so many critters eat, then excrete, the seeds that they have become a habitat problem in many areas.
  7. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Barberry is labeled as a nonnative invasive and should only be used with caution, if at all. Unfortunately along with gold thread cypress and weeping cherries, they are a staple of landscapers throughout New Jersey.

    What are the conditions of the slope? Soil, sun exposure, irrigation, ph and desired effect. A photo would be helpful.

  8. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Barberry is still a favorite around here , but I wouldn't use a deciduous plant in this plan . Don't like the thorns , either.

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