Any ideas for something that likes shade --under pines on a slight slope????
Need invasive for under pines on slope....
Gout weed (aegopodium) seems to fit the bill. I had some growing in a box of beach sand, in a closet with the door closed without water. Had I not burned it, it would have broken the door down. However, when it invades your whole neighborhood and the peasants march to your front door carrying torches and pitchforks, don't come crying to me. I warned you.
Some ferns would fit the bill without incurring the wrath of your neighbors, such as Marginal Wood Fern - Dryopteris marginalis, Christmas Fern - Polystichum acrostichoides,and Sensitive Fern - Onoclea sensibilis.
I have alot of fern growing in our woods--need to take pic and post it maybe someone could tell me if this might work.
Hostas might work for you, too, as long as you keep them well watered until they're established.
English ivy - but it will grow up your tree and every other tree in the neighborhood!
Sensitive fern has grown very well for me and I believe its said to not need 'as much' moisture as many ferns. Sensitive fern will solidly cover an area with fronds up to a foot (or so depending on moisture I think)
That doesn't look like a 'very' wide area. I see your Columbine. I would stick with Columbine and ferns, and tell yourself that some bare ground is OK in midsummer (if it happens) because it is not worth fighting the pine tee roots when you can have ferns and spring flowers.
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Thanks Sally --I think thats what I'm going to stick with--They seem to be doing good!
Sally: How long does sensitive fern take to fill in? I have some, but it isn't at all "full" looking.
Oh -- I see it likes it moist. That would explain why it hasn't filled in for me.
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Sally is that the name of the fern I show in pic above? I have tons of the one shown if anyone wants some for postage.
Yeah that does look more like it--there is a different fern in woods--will get a pic of it to
If you really just want the hill held up, another plant to consider is cotoneaster. I'm not very fond of it, but it does that job well.
Okay --yes that leave isn't as thick and sturdy as what I have. And the one in my woods is a totally different one. Will try to get a pic tomorrow, it was actually a pretty one.