What makes these gardens grow in this barren strip of land by the street? What you will find is that many homeowners create raised beds of good soil. Others water daily, rain or shine. It takes quite a bit of diligence to create such a lush bed of flowers in the area known affectionately as the Hell Strip.
This year was a bit different though. Many plants bloomed weeks later than other years, pushing bloom times headlong into to that of other plants. In my own garden this occurred. The cooler evenings we experienced even through July and wetter summer into August has extended bloom times of many plants, keeping gardeners much happier than last year with the drought conditions.
Take a look at each gallery. Daylilies had a great year so far too, where bloom time was extended by a greater bud count. Hosta grew full and robust. Check out my own garden in July. Many plants bloomed to keep a colorful garden.
I don’t have progress images of Garden Walk Buffalo gardens.
Hell Strip Concerns
Did you ever notice how the grass burns about a foot in on each side of the Hell Strip in those drought years? It is all that heat-retaining, water-sucking stone base that is located there. Further with the compacted soil, it is a nightmare to till. That is why you see so many gardeners build up.
These planting strips suffer the abuse of snow plows and salt assault each winter, so I think some more delicate plants get replaced often too. That is where annuals earn their keep. Also, I bet the plows make off with or topple some of the retaining wall materials too. In our neighborhood, the plows dig right into the grass pushing the snow further into the sidewalk area.
After seeing these Hell Strips, would you chance taking the plunge? Check out either of my posts ‘Taming the Hell Strip’ and Creating Curbside Charm. They give you things to consider before taking on the challenge. Do you think you can make a Hell Strip as beautiful and healthy looking as these?