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Steep slope


So spent the morning clearing weeds from our steep bank/slope but now just don’t know what to do with it. Complete beginner when it comes to gardening and have a new born baby so need easy and inexpensive ideas. Any help or advice would be much appreciated. 



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,585

    It rather depends on how you want it to look. Sow grass seed for more lawn, or sow wild flower mixtures, packets sold in Garden centres. You could plants low growing shrubs all over it, such as Hypericum Calycinum, as a ground cover and spread a mulch such as bark between to keep down weeds. Eventually the hypericum will spread and cover it and have yellow flowers. Or you could do the same with a perennial such as Vinca Major, which can grow like a weed but will cover the area and have mauve flowers early in the year.

    Much more work, and expensive would be to terrace it with retaining walls or railway sleepers to make flats areas, with steps, so you could make veg beds or flowers beds or an area for a bench with  a rose arch.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,585

    Have a look at this link, lots of ideas, including the railway sleeper one - which I hadn't seen when I suggested it! But that means work or paying someone image Lots look super but would cost, but there are some things to think about. 

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852

    This looks just like yours?


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Some great suggestions already. I just wanted to say that it may be helpful to consider what you want from your garden and then work backwards from there. Also consider your budget and time constraints both for the initial project and ongoing maintenance. These thoughts would form a framework for your plans.

    I like to host BBQs so, if it were my garden, I would go with the terraced approach to create more standing space. 

    You could have three or four different height areas, perhaps with one or two parts more secluded than others to give the sense of different "rooms" in your garden. This can work well if any areas are a sun trap, e.g. small patio area at the end of the garden with a small table and two chairs - perfect for a Sunday morning latte.

    Otherwise, for less work, I would want to plant lots of Spring bulbs in part of the bank (crocuses, dwarf daffodils etc) and grass it over. It would look gorgeous at this time of year.

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