My front yard is mostly slope and very sunny. I'm wondering what my options are for groundcover (vinca minor okay for full sun?) -- I see a lot of ivy on sunny slopes in Birmingham, as well as juniper. I'm not too fond of juniper -- at least a yard full of it. I'm looking for something that's attractive as well as low maintenance. I'm wondering about combining ivy, straw, vinca, bearded iris, ornamental grasses, and even wildflowers. Now, I realize I've thrown some things in here that may not be possible nor may they be easy to design or put together. I'm also up for something as simple as just vinca minor (if it works in full sun) against some straw for a bit of shaping (I know what I mean but don't know how to put it.).
The house is a 1955 rancher, standing two stories in the front (if a rancher can be 2 stories in the front). About 25 feet in front of the house, the slope flattens and remains flat to the house. An oak stands approximately two-fifths of the way from the driveway across the yard. A white dogwood stands to the left of the oak near the drive way and sidewalk.
Currently, I have someone mow the lawn because it's just too steep for me. Alas, I'm afraid I let it grow a month before getting it cut again, and it gets very overgrown by then.
Thanks for any ideas! I will need to hire someone to actually do the work, and I have no idea how much I'll be paying. I'd actually like to have this done for around $1,000. Is this possible?
Sherry in Birmingham