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Help with steep bank?

Hi team, we have recently 'extracted' a steep bank from hawthorne and holly trees. Terracing would be ideal but we have neither the funds nor physical ability! Any ideas what we could grow for low maintenance? The bank is sandy, has much Ivy and is west facing. Any thoughts very much appreciated!



  • Friend of mine's just covered a huge area with hypericum calycinum, which in the wrong place is a bit of a thug and boring, but, when used properly, can be very attractive and valuable.  Superb ground cover, it flowers with huge yellow flowers in summer.  It'll compete with the ivy, too!  Failing that, put some mahonia 'Apollo' in, and/or cotoneaster 'Coral Beauty'.  They'll give you no bother, provide nectar for bees in spring and summer and berry for the birds.


  • I'll add - the cotoneaster will layer itself to the ground, rooting happily and spreading steadily, thus creating quite a mat, so don't go buying too many!


  • Thank you very much! 

    It is all rather bewildering. I want to be very careful not to plant future problems! I guess both these plants could be easily reduced if they really took a shine to the area? I fancy the idea of using them on the steepest bits


  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    Here's a suggestion with a theme.

    "I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
    Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
    Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
    With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:"

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

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