Hellstrip gardening, also known as curbside gardening or verge gardening, is a rising trend where homeowners creatively utilize the strip of land between the street and the sidewalk. Traditionally neglected, this space is now being transformed into vibrant gardens that not only beautify the neighborhood but also provide various environmental benefits. With some planning and careful plant selection, anyone can turn their hellstrip into a stunning garden oasis.
But homeowners are increasingly using their imaginations to make use of the “hellstrip” by encouraging native flowers and clover, leaving fairy rings in the grass, or planting small trees that won’t interfere with power lines or sidewalks. The result can be a vibrant strip of color and texture for passersby to enjoy.
To successfully garden in a hellstrip, it's crucial to choose plants that can withstand the unique challenges of this area. The soil is often compacted, dry, and receives excessive heat from the pavement. Native plants are an excellent choice as they are adapted to the local climate and require less maintenance. Some of the best hellstrip plants include sedums, ornamental grasses, yarrow, and daylilies.