Advice on erosion-controlling plants

Asked March 11, 2019, 9:13 AM EDT

I have a house on the South River on a steep slope that leads down to the water. I am looking for suggestions on the best plants or grasses for erosion-control. The hill gets a good amount of morning and afternoon sun. This is a vacation home so I'm not there to water on a regular basis so the plant recommendations need to be somewhat drought-tolerant once summer arrives. We've finally gotten rid of the kudzu-- the attached photo is a few years old. Thank you so much for your suggestions!

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

There are several types of native shrubs and grasses that would be suitable for stabilizing a slope like this. Take a look at this publication and refer to the "Plants for Freshwater Wetlands and Other Wet Sites" (page 67) and "Solutions for Slopes" on page 71.
Grasses such as Panicum virgatum and Andropogon gerardii or shrubs like Clethra alnifolia, Gaylussacia baccata, Hypericum densiflorum, and Morella pensylvanica are a few good choices. You can read more about these plants in the link referenced above or by using the companion database.