Embrace the awkward shape of a sloped yard to create an inviting and vibrant space. Often, sloped landscapes are overlooked when it comes to planting flowers and shrubs, but they don't have to be. In fact, many shrubs and flowers are able to grow on slanted pieces of land because of their strong root systems. Evergreen varieties also have the benefit of adding color to the sloped yard all year long.
Just because the yard is sloped doesn't mean you can't have colorful plants nestled in the landscape. In reality, many perennial plants do well on sloped spaces where their strong roots support their base and the soil is always well-drained. Perennial flowers like daylilies provide bright colors and texture to the sloped garden. Their upright and cascading form provides visual interest. Rosemary shrubs, an evergreen variety, require a well-drained planting site and do an excellent job at filling out sloped spaces. As an evergreen, they also provide color to the yard all year long, even in winter.
Help fill in awkward spaces around the sloped yard by planting ground covers. Their trailing, meandering growth habit helps fill in areas around flowers, cover up sore spots, and provide visual interest all year long. A hardy ground cover, shrubby potentilla, does well in a range types, including poor soil, but without sacrificing their brilliant color. Beginning in summer their yellow flowers emerge to light up the slope until frost. A long-lasting ground cover, shrubby potentilla is anything but shrubby. Drought tolerant, shrubby potentilla has medium-blue to green leaves that grow in narrow leaflets of three to seven.
Another hardy ground cover to plant along the sloped landscape is gold sedum. Its low mat-forming habit spreads 1 to 2 feet wide and in a short period of time. Gold sedum has green leaves that turn bronze in winter for a showy garden display. In summer, the sloped ground fills up with tiny yellow flowers to complement surrounding flowers and plants.
Connect areas of the sloped landscape together by building a sloped staircase. Take advantage of twisting and curving areas of the land by building the staircase sideways rather than straightforward. This also makes the staircase safer when descending up and down the sloped land. Stairs made of stone like flagstone and slate are durable and weatherproof to create a long-lasting path. Easily laid within the soil, stone stairs should be at least 2 feet wide for a normal strolling path. Have fun and create an s-shape so the path zigzags around the landscape and through perennial beds and borders. At the base of the staircase, a patio made from the same stone ties in the space and creates a spot for relaxing or eating al fresco.