Before & After Buffalo Garden

Heaven-sent hellstrips

20 ways Buffalo gardeners handle that strip between sidewalk and street


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Hellstrips, that hell-on-plants strip between sidewalk and street, are a challenge. Maybe your hellstrip (boulevard, parking strip, median, tree park, road verge, parking strip – what it’s called may depend on where you live!) can be made a little less hellish by sharing ideas from Buffalo gardens I’ve collected over the years.

Here’s a past post I did on Buffalo’s hellstrips, back in 2011. I’ve collected many more since then – and the creativity is amped up now!

For my own hellstrip, here is a link to mine as I started renovating it in phases, and the before|during|after big push to finish it. And then, the finished strip.

Below are what it looks like now, three years later.

SPRING (there’s about 400 bulbs planted under it all – timed to come up at different points in the spring!).
LATE SUMMER If I had any regrets it would be that, at this time of year (August), with the grasses so tall, it’s hard to see if cars are coming down the street as we back out of the driveway. That gets remedied every fall when we cut the grasses back.

Jim Charlier is an advertising designer/photographer/crafter with a serious gardening problem. He's co-written a garden design book featuring the funky, quirky and fun gardens by the gardeners of Buffalo titled "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" (; he writes a long-standing garden blog (; led the largest garden tour in America, Garden Walk Buffalo; has written for, or provided photography for dozens of magazines and books; has made presentations and participated in panel discussions on garden design and garden tourism nationally and internationally.

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