Library Slope Planting
Click on the numbers for names of plants.
Our design strategy for this garden is based on interlocking curved shapes that play off the slopes between the building and the driveway. These shapes will create patterns of texture and color. Because this garden is in full sun, it features the native plants that live along shorelines, marshes and mountaintops.
Top of Slope
The top of the slope is sunny and dry. Plants here can live in sharp gravely soils found in ledges, and beaches.
beach plum (Prunus marítima)
pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginea)
sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis)
broad-leaved mountain-mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
black huckleberry (Gaylussacia bachata)
sheep-laurel (Kalmia anguvstifolia)
blue-stem goldenrod (Solidago cassia)
smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)
partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) annual cover crop
Lower slope (includes roof drainage swale)
The soils of the lower half of the slope are wetter due to run-off from roof and rains. This part of the garden features native plants found along streams, and in wetlands.
bayberry (Morella caroliniensis) and speckled alder (Alnus incana)
summersweet (Clethera alnifolia)
blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscous)
blue vervain (Verbena hastata)
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
rhodora (Rhododendron canadense)
steeple bush (Spiraea tomentosa)
cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
marsh-marigold (Caltha palustris)
turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
yellow root (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)
wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
winterberry (Ilex verticillata), blue-flag (Iris versicolor), Baltic rush (Juncus balticus)