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Xeric and stylish gardening in San Antonio, Texas

Texas tough hell strip

While at the Battle of the Flowers parade in San Antonio yesterday for FIESTA 2012 (amazing),  I could not help but notice this tough hell strip. It is under a highway overpass, surrounded by pavement, and highly unlikely it ever gets any irrigation besides natural rainfall.  How tough is this hell strip!!!???  And how beautiful!!!???

Looks like ‘New Gold’ lantana, rosemary, Lindheimer’s muhly grass or Miscanthus grass, and a couple of Texas Persimmon trees.  If anyone wants to correct me please do – I was with the kiddos so I was unable to get as close as I would have liked.  I normally like to touch everything!  I love the idea of a tree or two in a hell strip.  I find this idea very practical.  Think…shading the mailbox…providing a natural screen for your home…blocking views into windows without planting a tree or shrub right next to your foundation (a big no no in Texas with our slab foundations) – I think a tree in a hell strip or mailbox planting is brilliant!

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