Our property starts at a semitraffic with a ditch, then a semisteep hill, then it very gently rolls up to where the house is. Right now, the ditch and hill are very neglected, and yucky. I would love something pretty way down there to greet myself and guests with before they get to the oasis at the top :) Kind of like a tease for what will come. What are your favorite creepers that I might be able to use to take over the ditch and/ or the hill? Something that is a perennial, or self seeding (its a LONG walk down there :) )
I've never grown crown vetch but I'm sure it's invasive. I wouldn't use it unless it's in an area that you can control with the lawn mower. I see it used a lot for erosion control on steep embankments. As far as Ditch lilies go - Trade for them! I have tons here and I see people offer them all the time for trades. If you want to hit me up in the spring I'd be glad to send some your way. They spread pretty quickly and will fill in a large area in no time.
Hi Trish! I agree with all - iris and daylilies will give you a great display of color! Almost no maintenance and they multiply rapidly. You might want to add some dwarf canna's. They give great color, foilage, and are an almost no maintenance plant.
I have daylilies and iris "out the wazoots" and will contribute to "the cause."
Let me know when your snow/sleet, etc stop, and I'll send them. My iris have not been hurt by winter so far, and the daylilies can be dug now also. I have yellow, pink, rose, and salmon daylilies and purple and yellow iris.
I know that ditch lilies will grow in water. There are quite a few iris that will grow in water too. I'm not sure about the Louisiana iris... or hybrid daylilies. I think the hybrid daylilies will get taken over by the more aggressive plants and you should save them for nicer parts of the garden. The yellow iris psuedacorus and iris versicolor both will thrive in water and wet soils. Sounds like you'll have your ditch well planted next year!
This spring the city is going to be place a drain pipe through my yard and I have to move alot of plants and there are quite a few of the native orange daylilies that I will have to dig up. I can send them to you if you are interested. They are growing in a natural ditch and do well whatever the weather, flood or drought (and they get flooded quite a bit). I also have a very steep slope in my backyard and I have daylilies irises, and creeping roses growing there and they are doing very well. I planted japanese and sacred irises in the soggier soil and they grow wonderfully. I wish you the best of luck and let me know if you would like to have the daylilies.