Are there any plants or ground covers that are known to withstand both direct and reflected light?
I live in Central US, Iowa.
Every year I replant a 3 foot wide strip of grass along the south side of my house and by mid summer it has burned up. My house is on a slight hill so once the grass dies the sometimes severe thunderstorms can cause erosion.
The ideal solution would:
- Withstand the amount of sunlight and heat caused by direct and reflected sun exposure.
- Need water no more often then my Kentucky Bluegrass lawn. I only hand-water once a week during dry periods.
- Grow thick enough to control erosion.
- Be a perennial or shrub so that I don't have to replant it every year.
I really want to avoid using river rock. :)
Thanks in advance.