Softening tall or craggy surfaces are situations that seldom come up in my design practice, as I work in environments that are typically rather flat. There are times, however, when level changes happen to occur on the land or are created during a construction process. I get excited when there is the opportunity to use plants that naturally cascade. This is an entirely different aesthetic from plants that climb and is more interesting than plugging in some ivy. The next time you find yourself needing a plant to spill over a wall, rock, or some other elevation change, consider one of these great cascading plants.
Sumacs (Rhus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–10) are a diverse group of plants ranging in size from small tree forms to low shrubs. ‘Autumn Amber’ three-leaf sumac (Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’, Zones 4–6) is an extremely short and wide spreading shrub with an orange to amber fall color. The matlike growth creates a curtain of foliage spilling over and covering any surface they are planted on. Exceptionally tough, it is a choice plant to cascade over a stone outcropping, groups of boulders, or even a formal brick wall. Growing in rugged spots, this plant does best in well-drained soil and full sun. Give it plenty of room; despite specifications of growing 1 to 2 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide, my experience is that its energy is put into growing wider and not as tall. If you want to control the size, cut plants back in the spring prior to new growth appearing. ‘Autumn Amber’ does not generally have any disease or insect problems and does not suffer from grazing by rabbits or deer.
For a fine and lacy texture against a solid surface, let’s not forget about cotoneasters (Cotoneaster spp. and cvs, Zones 4–9). Another shrub
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