Limiting the color palette can add elegance and unity to a hellstrip and make choosing plants easier. This Seattle hellstrip garden, featured in the book, "Hellstrip Gardening," boasts big-leaved silver sage (Salvia argentea), feathery Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’, blooming lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina) and tiny Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’.
Liriope is an easy alternative to an unhealthy hellstrip lawn because it needs no mowing, feeding or watering in much of the country, says Evelyn J. Hadden, author of "Hellstrip Gardening" (April 2014, Timber Press).
You can tell a community by its shared food plants. And any Midwestern or New England gardener who doesn’t have a “pie plant” (rhubarb) simply must not have many gardening friends – it is that easy to share. Plus it is a pretty plant in the garden – double value!
Creating a simple, low-cost garden path doesn’t have to be difficult.
Easy Solution: Remove existing grass and cover soil with a layer of thick cardboard (for weed control), securing it with anchor pins pounded into soil. Top with a layer of straw. This type of path works easily in vegetable gardens or perennial borders. It’s also easy to upgrade later to a more formal hardscape material.
A small collection of bonsai adds an element of green to the space. The indoor Japanese container garden utilizes natural stone that is in keeping with the the stone elements seen in the outdoor space. A few stepping stones allows for easy access into the garden.
Natural boulders and rocks were worked into the design of this Asian-inspired front yard. Ornamental grasses, pieris Japonica, loropetalum and other low-maintenace plants fit with the garden's Zen feel while being easy to care for so the homeowners can maintain the garden's simple appeal.
Fixer Upper Host Joanna Gaines decided to surprise Becky and Heath by transforming the once awkward atrium into an open-air herb garden. Located right off the kitchen and dining area, the courtyard is a perfect place to entertain; a fragrant herb garden makes prepping delicious meals easy.