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Title: Pachysandra for steep shady bank?
Post by: gspren on October 15, 2021, 01:32:35 PM
 Sis in law has that on some banks for ground cover and it looks good but my dirt banks near my new pole building are much steeper, as in needing a ladder to plant. Will it work or is there a better alternative? Soil is poor and stays shaded most of the day. Of course cost is always a factor as there is a lot of square feet.
Title: Re: Pachysandra for steep shady bank?
Post by: Remle on October 15, 2021, 02:54:37 PM
Another plant to consider is :
Penngift Crownvetch
Pennsylvania State Plant

Crownvetch Facts
Crownvetch is a spreading, long-lived, winter-hardy, drought-tolerant, herbaceous legume with angular stems that grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet during the blooming period, after which the plant forms a dense mat about a foot deep. Its principal use is for erosion control, soil building, and ground cover. It is especially valuable for holding banks along highways. The stand improves with age and gradually chokes out other weeds. It is also used for its ornamental value on steep banks and hillsides.

No guarantee on how it will work for you , but in my travels through Pa it seem to be a good choice along their roads.
I especially like it's ability to choke out other weeds.
Title: Re: Pachysandra for steep shady bank?
Post by: Roxie on October 15, 2021, 04:05:08 PM
You might take a look at Blue Rug Juniper. Ground hugging evergreen that spreads out and will grip the bank and is drought tolerant. The descriptions say full sun, but my dad planted these in full shade atop a retaining wall in 1969 and they’re still there on the bank.