This 800-foot-long demonstration hellstrip designed by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden in Colorado features waterwise plants, including red and yellow flowered pineleaf Penstemon (P. pinifolius) and Blue of the Heavens (Allium azureum).
The scent of this woodland garden changes with the seasons, from the spring bulbs that burst forth beginning in April until the last blossom of the ‘Honorine Jobert’ anemones in November. A walkway leads through the gorgeous greenery, with seats and fountains along the way so that the owners can fully enjoy the scenery.
Hellstrips with vegetable gardens can include flowers for season-long beauty and better productivity. Annual hellstrip plantings can lie fallow under piled winter snow, then be planted fresh in spring, says author Evelyn J. Hadden, whose book, "Hellstrip Gardening," features this St. Paul, Minn., hellstrip. She suggests using a winter mulch to protect soil from erosion.
This container is packed with hot oranges, reds and burgundies and balanced with cool limes. The echeveria, stonecrops and kalanchoe will keep their color in the heat, giving you a spring and summer of nonstop color. RECIPE: Coppertone Stonecrop (Sedum nussbaumerianum, Zone 10); Six-Angled Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sexangularis, Zone 9); ‘Sorrento' (Sedeveria 'Sorrento', Zone 10); Sedum adolphii X (Zone 10); 'Frank Reinelt' (Echeveria agavoides 'Frank Reinelt', Zone 9); 'Melaco' (Echeveria 'Melaco', Zone 9); 'Black Prince' (Echeveria 'Black Prince', Zone 9)
This charming garden patio sits just off the kitchen and feels blissfully tucked away from the city's busy-ness. With a grill and a dining table, it's also the ideal place for spring and summer entertaining.
Set back from the curb in an exclusive Palm Springs neighborhood characterized by tall hedges and hidden properties, this translucent entry gate opens to an expansive garden showcasing native plants. The design is by landscape design firm Steve Martino and Associates, an American Society of Landscape Designers award winner.
The flowering plants are primarily pink, white, yellow and blue, a soft palette that complements the natural shingles of the home. Flowering shrubs, roses, perennials, annuals and spring bulbs ensure that the garden is in bloom from March until late fall. Plants like iris, alliums, echinacea, roses and foxglove emphasize the cottage style of this colorful garden.
Making late additions to the landscape can result in devastating losses next spring, especially in areas where the ground freezes. Perennials are the most susceptible to late planting, as alternating freezing and thawing of soil literally shoves plants out of soil, exposing crowns. Shrubs and trees can go into the ground later, but for best winter survival rates, you should have all plants in place by six weeks before soil typically freezes.
Dutch hyacinth is a fragrance powerhouse. Its stocky blooms open in midspring, around the time that daffodils are hitting their stride. The blooms release a rich, full fragrance that can fill the spring garden. Indoors, pots of forced hyacinths bring spring scents to life in the heart of winter. Plant bulbs in fall for a spring show in the garden. Choose flower colors in many shades, including purple, blue, pink, salmon, white and red. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Dutch hyacinth is a fragrance powerhouse in the garden. Its stocky blooms open in midspring, around the time that daffodils strut their stuff. The blooms release a rich, full fragrance that can fill the spring garden. Indoors, pots of forced hyacinths bring spring scents to life in the heart of winter. Plant bulbs in fall for a spring show in the garden. Choose flower colors in many shades, including pink, purple, blue, salmon, white and red. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
The edge of the remaining woodland was planted with flowering understory trees to add layers of color to the spring landscape. The birds that frequent them bring color and movement to the garden all year long. Plantings were sculpted into the hillside with grand blocks of cool and warm season grasses and vigorous perennials creating a sinuous edge to the upper perimeter of the garden.
Hyacinths fill the spring garden with an intoxicating perfume. Start your bulbs in the fall, planting them 7-8” deep in soil mixed with lots of good organic matter. The planting site should drain easily, so the bulbs won’t rot in soggy soil or standing water. Mulch them if you live where the winters are very cold, or where the ground might freeze in spring. As with other bulbs, don’t remove the foliage when the flowers fade. Let it grow until it dies naturally, so it can store energy up for the next season’s flowers. Shown here: Hyacinth Blend 'Etouffee.'
Roll out the welcome mat for butterflies with one of their favorite flowers: butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Nectar- and pollen-laden blossoms beckon other pollinators, too, including bees, hummingbirds and other insects. Orange flowers are standard, but you can find varieties with yellow blooms, such as ‘Hello Yellow.’ A native plant, butterfly weed offers summer-long bloom when you remove the first round of spent flowers. Plants are slow to wake up in spring. Consider marking the spot to avoid disturbing still-dormant plants with early spring gardening. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 24 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.