Plant slopes with easy care

Plant slopes with easy care

What to look for when choosing plants for the slope

If you want to make your slope as easy to care for as possible, you should definitely keep these things in mind:

  • The plants should be hardy and perennial. Otherwise, you will have to replant every year.
  • The location must be optimally adapted to the plants so that they thrive.
  • Plant plants with similar location requirements, especially in terms of water requirements. Above all, plant plants with low water requirements.

also read

  • Plant the slope with ground cover
  • How to plan and plant a flowerbed on a slope
  • Plant a steep slope

Which plants are suitable for hillside planting?

Ground covers are particularly suitable for planting embankments, because they form a network-like structure that prevents erosion, protects the soil from moisture loss and prevents weed growth. We have put together the most beautiful ground covers for you here.

Furthermore, deep-rooted shrubs and small trees are a wonderful addition, as they dig deep into the ground and thus give the slope good stability. A list of the most beautiful deep-rooted shrubs can be found here.

Meadow flowers and grasses also sometimes form deep roots and thus have a positive effect on the stability of the slope. For example:

  • Knuckleweed
  • Fescue
  • Red clover
  • Sweet clover
  • Pigeon scabiosis
  • Ryegrass
  • White clover
  • Meadow Margarite
  • Meadow fescue

Watering the slope

The most important thing to save yourself work when maintaining the slope is an automatic irrigation system. (€ 69.29 at Amazon *) You can use commercially available systems with different nozzles that are anchored in the ground or you can build your own irrigation system. To do this, lay hoses horizontally across the slope with a vertical distance of about one to two meters and pierce a few fine holes in the hose every meter or one and a half meters. Check the result by turning on the tap and check that there is enough water everywhere so that all areas are watered after a period of about 30 minutes.

It is also advisable to choose plants that require little water.

Nice combination of plants for every slope

When selecting plants, their location requirements are essential. While most plants thrive on slopes facing east or west, north and south slopes are more problematic. Here are a few ideas for planting slopes with lots of sun and slopes with no sun at all.

Plant southern slopes

The following sun-hungry plants are suitable for southern slopes:

Ground cover

  • Lady's mantle
  • Gold basket
  • Little evergreen
  • Crawler
  • Knotweed
  • Summer spear
  • Star moss
  • Cranesbill
  • Carpet sedum
  • thyme


  • Bensengine
  • Firethorn
  • Finger bush
  • Common juniper
  • Honeysuckle
  • Dog rose
  • Oregon grape
  • Paper bush
  • Thuja
  • Bird cherry
  • Witch hazel


  • Burning Love
  • Honorary award
  • Monkshood
  • Sedum plant
  • Funkie
  • Joint flower
  • lavender
  • Autumn anemone
  • Indian nettle
  • Girl's eye
  • Daisy
  • Splendid spar
  • Cowslip
  • Scabiosis
  • Sun bride
  • Sun hat
  • Star umbels
  • Ornamental onion


  • Bearskin grass
  • Blue fescue
  • Blue ray oats
  • Broad-eared grass
  • Chinese reed
  • Diamond grass
  • Flame grass
  • Japan sedge
  • Lamp cleaning grass
  • Morgenstern sedge
  • Pampas grass
  • Pipe grass
  • Rainbow fescue
  • Riding grass
  • Schiller grass
  • sedge
  • Zebra reed

Plants for northern slopes

Northern slopes get almost no sun. The choice of plants is therefore somewhat limited.

Ground cover

  • Fat man
  • ivy
  • Elven flower
  • False mandrake root
  • Caucasus forget-me-nots
  • Little evergreen
  • Creeping Gunsel
  • Crawler
  • Foam bloom (forming runners)
  • Carpet dogwood
  • Carpet medlar
  • Woodruff
  • Waldsteinie (runners)
  • Cotoneaster


  • Ball hydrangea
  • Boxwood
  • Harlequin Willow
  • Honeysuckle
  • Evergreen snowball
  • Cherry laurel
  • Loquat
  • Spoon of ilex
  • Ranunculus
  • Red-stemmed garden bamboo
  • Black-green privet
  • Holly
  • Shrub ivy


  • Alps Columbine
  • Monkshood
  • Floors of primrose
  • European globe flower
  • Funkie
  • Splendid spar
  • Snow pod
  • Star umbels

Grasses and ferns

  • Broad-eared grass
  • Colorful Japanese sedge
  • Filigree fern
  • Gold sedge
  • Hart's tongue fern
  • Peacock fern
  • Giant Chinese reeds
  • Shadow sedge
  • Waldmarbel
  • Forest sedge