Xeriscape Parkway Strip

Xeriscape Plants for Tough Conditions

Our Xeriscape Parkway Strip represents the “best kept secret” of our gardens. Designed by nationally recognized landscape designer and garden author, Lauren Springer-Ogden, this Parkway Strip, known as the Hell Strip, showcases xeriscape plants that thrive in hot, often inhospitable areas sandwiched between the street and the sidewalk.

Lauren developed her vision for the Hell Strip in her first book, The Undaunted Garden. The Gardens wanted to share this vision with visitors to show that difficult areas can become beautiful with the right type of plant material. Visitors who take the time to see this garden are amazed at the number of plants that can grow with limited irrigation in this tough condition.

As with all of Lauren's designs, this garden is full of color and interesting textures:

  • Thousands of bulbs begin bursting through the still-cold ground of later winter
  • Succulent groundcovers spread throughout the planting as a living mulch
  • Penstemons, Agastaches, Veronicas, yarrow, and flax burst into bloom in summer, creating an explosion of color
  • Yuccas add architectural interest with their sword-like foliage

This is a garden that is worth seeing! When exiting the Gardens, turn south on Centre Avenue and then immediately west onto Botanical Lane. Walk the length of Botanical Lane to enjoy the Hell Strip.

If you enjoy ornamental gardening and would like to help us keep Lauren Springer-Ogden Parkway Strip beautiful, consider volunteering with Social Gardeners. Social Gardeners help out in all the ornamental gardens while enjoying spending time with and learning from other gardeners. Contact Charlotte Boney, Volunteer Coordinator, at 416-2482 or cboney@fcgov.com, for more information.



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