The hellstrip is that piece of land between the street and the sidewalk that is so named by gardeners due to its difficulty in growing plants in it, thanks to factors such as glaring heat from the asphalt, poor soil, and winter saltings. Normally they are just weedy strips of grass, which is why I think hellstrip gardening appeals to me so - those poor weedy patches are just screaming out for a makeover!
When we first moved into our house, the strip between the street and the sidewalk was an uneven and unsightly mess of weeds. To one side of the driveway, the hellstrip was also the place where our mailbox was situated. I adore mailbox gardens (so homey, don't you think?), so I just had to make it my mission to turn that section into a garden bed, despite Mr. Red House's misgivings about how poor, dry, and gravelly the dirt was there.
I dug up the weeds and grass, added lots of compost, and planted the hardiest plants I could find. Mr. Red House was unsure about the results even last summer, as my perennials were still small and the weeds often outpaced me, but after this Spring's display, he's finally come around!
|hellstrip in bloom|
|another bloom of the variable 'Flair' Tulip|
But right now I'm just thrilled to be able to enjoy such a beautiful spring show from my previously weedy and ugly hellstrip!