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!
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).