Self-sustainable perennials

  • In Germany the public sector has experienced severe budget cuts over the last 15 years. The Anhalt University of Applied Science has taken this as an opportunity to develop self-sustainable perennial planting systems which are ideal for public areas because of their low maintenance. UrbanPioneers I Stadtpioniere would like to introduce these planting systems to Scotland to revive public sector planting despite limited budgets and maintenance resources. The planting systems will be amended with local species suitable to the conditions in Scotland.
In Germany the public sector has experienced severe budget cuts over the last 15 years. The Anhalt University of Applied Science has taken this as an opportunity to develop self-sustainable perennial planting systems which are ideal for public areas because of their low maintenance. UrbanPioneers I Stadtpioniere would like to introduce these planting systems to Scotland to revive public sector planting despite limited budgets and maintenance resources. The planting systems will be amended with local species suitable to the conditions in Scotland.

These planting systems are based on a well-balanced selection of plant communities. Plant species will complement each other not only aesthetically, but also characteristically, avoiding any competition with each other.
All planting systems consist of dominant perennials, companion perennials, ground covering perennials and bulbs. The selection of the appropriate species depends heavily on the existing soil, site conditions (sun, wind, salt, etc) and intended outcome.

The University of Anhalt has spent several years experimenting with plant communities in different soil and site conditions. The most successful combinations have been tried and tested by Local Authorities and have been adjusted to local requirements. Ten years on, low maintenance, self-sustainable, perennial planting systems are a familiar sight in many German towns.

UrbanPioneers I Stadtpioniere keep up-to-date with the most recent developments through professional publications and discussions. We have consulted with scientists and local authorities who have been been working with these planting schemes in Germany and have successfully delivered some of the first schemes here in Scotland.

If you or your organisation would like to know more about low maintenance, self-sustainable, perennial planting systems please get in touch. We can also provide you with information how these low maintenance perennials scheme compare with other planting options with regards to installation cost and maintenance costs.

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Green Infrastructure & Resilience, Parks & Gardens, Research & Publication