Plants to Cover a Gravel Slope

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Plants to Cover a Gravel Slope
Juniper plants are suitable for sloped gravel gardens. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Slopes can be challenging areas on which to garden, but many plants do well in sloping garden conditions because the soil is well-drained. Avoid plants that are native to swamps and marshlands, because they'll need more water than a gravel slope can retain. Plants that enjoy dry climates and those that don't compete well with weeds will do well on gravel slopes.

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Juniper grows well in well-drained soil and can be a good plant for gravel gardens on slopes when properly cared for. Because water will run off the top of the slope and settle toward the bottom, use an irrigation system to be sure your juniper at the top of the slope gets enough water. Junipers will also do well in full sun, which is an advantage on slopes that have little shade.


Lavender grows well on gravel slopes because it needs well-drained areas in which to grow. Lavender also doesn't compete well with weeds, so gravel gardens, which discourage weeds from growing between plants, are ideal for this herb. If you live in a humid region, you'll need to watch your lavender plants for fungus and rot, but if you live in a dry climate, this should be a low-maintenance plant.


Daylilies, also called hemerocallis, are adaptable to many climates and soil types. These hardy plants produce beautiful flowers and thrive in well-drained areas. They can also begin to crowd each other after a few years, so you'll want to divide and space them out during fall or early spring every 3 to 6 years. Daylilies come in a wide variety of colours including orange, yellow, red, pink, purple and cream.


Jasmine is a strongly scented plant that's adaptable to a variety of soil conditions. Jasmine plants prefer sunlight and may need to be pruned throughout the year to keep them looking neat. Jasmine takes the form of a shrub or a vining shrub, depending on the variety. Jasmine flowers appear in clusters and are white, purple or yellow. Depending on the variety of jasmine and the region in which you live, flowers may appear any time from early spring to early fall.

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