Historically, alien plant species with the following attributes were used for the purpose of slope stabilization:
- aggressive, spreading behavior
- deer resistance
- quick germination and growth
- winter presence
Many of these species are now regarded as invasive plants. A more modern and ecologically sound approach is to use native plants that have some of these attributes.
Sunny sites are brutal during hot, dry summer weather. Dryness is amplified by the quick drainage found on steep slopes. Any rain that falls doesn't stay for long. Some native plants perform well in these environments. Here are our favorite plants for sunny slopes.