- To reform, change (for the better)
- To save, rescue, or recover.
- To reclaim (to return land to a suitable condition for use).
Here is how the area looked in January right after having the utilities marked.
The transformation began in March by having the Bermuda grass removed. As the Bermuda attempted a comeback, and as soon as temperatures allowed, I followed up with Roundup applications to make sure the Bermuda was killed to the root, leaving me with a clean slate.
Then in late May the day I had been waiting for arrived.
Since phone cables run the length of the area literally just inches below the surface, and sometimes on top of the ground, I could not till the soil, so I opted to mound the bed with compost.
On Day 2 I finished adding the cobblestones along the edges of the bed.
On Day 3 I added the plants, and on Day 4 I mulched the bed.
And here's the finished product!
Notice the heart-shaped boulder :-)
I love how the new bed turned out!!
You can see the taller plantings in the bed on the other side of the sidewalk. All of the plants I chose for the hellstrip plantings are lower growing.
(See detailed plant list below)
Elfin Thyme was added between the flagstones. I am not sure if it can take this much heat, but I will replace it with sedum acre if it does not do well. A variety of sedums and thymes were added along the cobblestone edges to soften the look over time as they creep between the rocks.
Before and After
Here's a list of the plants I used:
Catmint 'Walker's Low'
Lamb's Ear 'Helen Von Stein'
Ice Plant, Delosperma cooperi
Pink Skullcap, Scutellaria suffrutescens
Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa columbaria
Silvermound Artemisia, Artemisia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound'
Dianthus 'Bath's Pink'
Blackfoot Daisy, Melampodium leucanthum
Salvia nemerosa 'Snow Hill' and 'May Night'
Four Nerve Daisy, Hymenoxys
Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata
Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa
Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Ruellia 'Katie's'
Daylily 'Little Missy' and 'Little Zinger'
'Hameln' Fountain Grass
Thyme: Thymus vulgaris Lavendar, Elfin, Silver Posie, Lemon, Woolly
Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'
Sedum variegatum linearis, Cream & Green Carpet (also called 'Sea Urchin')
Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'
Sedum pachyclados, Rhodiola pachyclados
I also added some 'Cora' Periwinkles and 'Sundial' Moss Rose just for some annual color this year until the perennials grow and fill in the extra spaces.
Yes, my hellstrip has been redeemed! In fact, I'd say it's downright heavenly now.
Do you have a piece of ground that needs rescuing?