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Low Maintenance Perennials

Well-documented research shows that green space has many positive effects on the health and well-being of people. However, according to the Dutch Ministry of Land Use, in densely populated cities in The Netherlands the amount of urban amenity plantings are well below the recommended level of 800 sq.ft. (74 sq. m) per home. If increasing the quantity of plantings is impossible, effectiveness and quality can be increased by creating more biodiversity in green areas.

Herbaceous perennials are an excellent group of plants with which to achieve more variety and color on small sites. They are eminently suitable for use as ground covers, in flower beds, under trees, along roads and waterways and as edging around shrubs. Using perennials is also an effective way to add color and interest to existing urban/public plantings.

Low maintenance perennials are affordable - While it is true that, comparatively, herbaceous perennials can be quite expensive to buy and that preparation of planting sites takes time and money, by using low maintenance species, the reduced maintenance costs compensate for the initial expenditures. Over a 10-year period, a perennial bed does not have to cost any more to maintain than a shrub border or lawn. To achieve this, the right plants have to be chosen; they should be healthy, sturdy and suppress weeds with their excellent ground covering abilities.

Essential conditions for low maintenance perennial plantings
• Improve the soil on the site and thoroughly remove all weeds before planting.
• Choose plants with requirements that match the site conditions, especially for light and moisture.
• Choose the right plants for the desired use (good ground covers for weed suppression, salt tolerant plants for roadsides, etc.)
• No one plant will be suitable for planting in every situation.
• Consider the plant knowledge level of the maintenance crews and be prepared to provide concise maintenance instructions.
• Plant the right number of plants per sq. ft./m for fast coverage.
• Weed and water when necessary and replace dead plants until the ground is covered (usually at the end of the first summer after planting).

Some suitable species for urban plantings:
Alchemilla, Aster, Echinacea, Geranium, Hemerocallis, Liriope, Nepeta, ornamental grasses, Pachysandra, Rudbeckia and Sedum.

  • Sedum Bright Idea PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bright Idea' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bright Idea' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® ROCK 'N ROUND™ Collection (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: StonecropThis hybrid Stonecrop has a similar appearance and blooms in early summer like S. kamtschaticum. However, the habit is much more...

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  • Carex b Firefox 30ct Flat

    Carex b. 'Firefox' (30)ct Flat

    Carex b. 'Firefox' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Leatherleaf SedgeA cool season evergreen grass with copper-red foliage in a spiky, upright habit. The wispy leaves are an excellent complement to broadleaf perennials like Salvia and Shasta Daisies. Consider...

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  • Sedum Tiramisu PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Tiramisu' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Tiramisu' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® ROCK 'N GROW® Collection Common Name: StonecropThis upright Sedum displays many colors over the growing season, much like the colors of the decadent dessert. Through most of the summer, bronze...

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  • Sedum Rosy Cheeks PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Rosy Cheeks' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Rosy Cheeks' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: StonecropA lovely wrap-up to the growing season when it bursts into bloom in late summer. In early summer, bicolor foliage display both green and purple tones over a compact, dome-shaped habit. Rich...

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  • Sedum Coraljade PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Coraljade' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Coraljade' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® ROCK 'N GROW® Collection Common Name: StonecropThis new member of the ROCK 'N GROW® collection is a perfect counterpart to 'Lemonjade'. It has the same rich green foliage as the former,...

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  • Sedum Back in Black PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Back in Black' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Back in Black' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® ROCK 'N GROW® Collection Common Name: StonecropNew to the ROCK 'N GROW® collection comes an upright Sedum with near black leaves. Enjoy the dark leaf foliage throughout the summer, and...

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  • Nepeta Picture Purrfect PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: CatmintA new must-have for landscapers! 'Picture Purrfect' has a similar compact height to 'Kitten Around' but has a much broader habit and blooms about two weeks earlier, depending on...

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  • Carex appalachica 3.5 inch pot

    Carex appalachica (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex appalachica Sedge - Appalachica SedgeVery fine, dark green, weeping blades, 12" long. Evergreen in warmer climates. Appalachian Sedge is a native to the Eastern U.S. Clumping nature-spreading slowly- makes it suitable for borders. A good ground...

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  • Sedum Spellbound PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Spellbound' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Spellbound' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Soft pink buds open to cream flowers, which bubble over a domed habit of gray-green leaves. A great choice for late summer/early fall interest. Tall, upright sedums form substantial clumps of foliage which...

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  • Sedum Yellow Brick Road PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Yellow Brick Road' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Yellow Brick Road' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: StonecropLooking for a beautiful groundcover? 'Yellow Brick Road' is your answer! This perennial will cover its dark green leaves and red stems with fine-textured yellow flowers mid to...

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  • Sedum Pride and Joy PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pride and Joy' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pride and Joy' PPAF ROCK 'N GROW® Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Stonecrop'Pure Joy' has become a garden staple for the late summer/early fall garden. Now joining the light pink 'Pure Joy' and the white-flowering sport 'Bundle...

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  • Sedum Powderpuff PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Powderpuff' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Powderpuff' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: StonecropJust like the applicator used for applying makeup, this Stonecrop will produce a billowy, puffy dome of bright rosy pink flowers in late summer to early fall. Earlier in the season, when...

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  • Sedum Boogie Woogie PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Boogie Woogie' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Boogie Woogie' PPAF ROCK 'N GROW® Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: StonecropPeople love variegation in perennials, and this is an exciting new option! Enter 'Boogie Woogie', a fantastic summer-flowering groundcover type that will...

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  • Sedum Superstar PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Superstar' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Superstar' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: StonecropThis low maintenance, compact Stonecrop will be the star of your late summer garden. Dark turquoise succulent leaves have a smoky gray overlay. Later in the season, rosy pink flowers with...

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  • Sedum Bundle of Joy PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bundle of Joy' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bundle of Joy' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: StonecropIf you love 'Pure Joy' for its fantastic can't-be-beat habit and short stature, you'll love 'Bundle of Joy'. This is a white flowering sport of 'Pure Joy', the same exemplary...

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  • Nepeta Cats Pajamas PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: CatmintA purr-fect Catmint for fans of 'Cat's Meow' who love the look but want a smaller scale version. In addition to being a little over half the height, 'Cats Pajamas' also blooms about...

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  • Sedum Popstar PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Popstar' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Popstar' PPAF - Proven Winners ROCK 'N GROW Collection Common name: Stonecrop This low maintenance perennial will be the star of your late summer garden.  In the summer, blue-green foliage appears on grey-purple stems with a dense, full...

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  • Sedum Little Miss Sunshine PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Little Miss Sunshine' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Little Miss Sunshine' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Stonecrop This groundcover Sedum is perfect for rock gardens, combination containers, or the front of the border. 'Little Miss Sunshine' is prized for its incredibly dark green, glossy...

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  • Nepeta f Kitten Around PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Kitten Around' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Kitten Around' PPAF (25) BR Plants Even more compact and petite than its predecessor, this plant forms a tight, round mound of aromatic foliage. Bright rosy purple calyxes hold periwinkle blue flowers. The perfect size for containers, edging...

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  • Carex o EVERCOLOR Everillo PP21002 30ct Flat

    Carex o. EVERCOLOR 'Everillo' PP21002 (30)ct Flat

    Carex o. EVERCOLOR 'Everillo' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep...

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  • Carex morrowii Ice Dances 30ct Flat

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances' (30)ct Flat

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances' Common Names: Ice Dance Sedge, Sedge Grass, Japanese Sedge, Evergold Carex. Zone: 5 to 9, evergreen in the southern zones. Full sun in northern zones, but prefers partial to full shade. Mature size: 6 to 12 inches mounding...

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  • Sedum Night Embers PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Night Embers' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Night Embers' PPAF (25) BR Plants Height: 24-26 Inches; Spread: 24-26 Inches Flower Color: Pink shades; Foliage Color: Near-black shades, Purple shades Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Sun or Shade?: Full sun Wet or...

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  • Nepeta faassenii Blue Wonder 3.5 inch pot

    Nepeta faassenii 'Blue Wonder' (3.5 inch pot)

    Nepeta faassenii 'Blue Wonder' Common Name: Catmint and CatnipZones 3 to 8.Full sun. Plants reach 12 to 15 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming perennial. Gray-green, aromatic foliage gives way to a...

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  • Carex laxiculmis Hobb 3.5 inch pot

    Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' Common Name: Bunny Blue® Sedge, RushFamily: Cyperaceae Zone: 5 to 9 Height: 12 inches Spread: 12 inches Bloom Time: Insignificant yellowish flowers late spring. Part shade to full shade Water: Dry to medium Maintenance: Low...

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  • Carex flacca aka glauca 3.5 inch pot

    Carex flacca [a.k.a. glauca] (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex flacca [a.k.a. glauca] Common Name: Pennsylvania sedge Family: Cyperaceae Zone: 4 to 9 Height: 8 to 10 inches Spread: 6 to 12 inches Insignificant green flowers, late Spring. Part shade to full shade Water: Dry to medium Maintenance: Low Deer...

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  • Carex pensylvanica 3.5 inch pot

    Carex pensylvanica (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex pensylvanica Common Name: Pennsylvania sedge Family: Cyperaceae This species spreads quickly, forming a casual lawn alternative for shady places.  Zone: 3 to 9 Height: 6 to 12 inches Spread: 6 to 12 inches Bloom Time: May Part shade to...

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  • Carex morrowii Ice Dance 3.5 inch pot

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances' Common Names: Ice Dance Sedge, Sedge Grass, Japanese Sedge, Evergold Carex. Zone: 5 to 9, evergreen in the southern zones. Full sun in northern zones, but prefers partial to full shade. Mature size: 6 to 12 inches mounding...

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  • Carex oshimensis Evergold 3.5 inch pot

    Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep green...

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  • Sedum Lemonjade PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Lemonjade' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Lemonjade' PPAF (25) BR Plants Unique yellow flowered selection; popular color with designers Bright citron yellow flowers in early fall followed by rosy peach seed heads Clean, grey-green foliage stays nice all season Stocky, broadly mounded...

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  • Sedum Firecracker PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Firecracker' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Firecracker' PPAF - SUNSPARKLER Series Greater vigor and more robust habitDensely branched, weed-suppressing groundcoverBurgundy red color all season longVibrant pink flowers from late summer into early fall Height: 6 inchesZones 4-9Replacement...

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  • Nepeta faassenii Walkers Low 3.5 inch pot

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' (3.5 inch pot)

    WALKER'S LOW Nepeta faassenii a/k/a Catmint and Catnip Zones 3 to 8. Full Sun or part shade in the south.Up to 30 inches tall (if staked) and 3 feet wide. Arching upright habit. The cultivar name is somewhat misleading, the plant is named for its garden...

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  • Carex hachijoensis Evergold 10ct Quarts

    Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold' (10)ct Quarts

    Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep...

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  • Sedum spurium Fulda Glow 25 BR Plants

    Sedum spurium 'Fulda Glow' (25) BR Plants

    Sedum spurium 'Fulda Glow' Common name: Stonecrop- Two-row; Blaze of Fulda, Fireglow, Fuldaglut. Zones 3 to 9, semi-evergreen. Full sun. Plants reach 4 inches tall and 10 inches wide; low-growing, spreading habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow...

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  • Sedum sieboldii 25 BR Plants

    Sedum sieboldii (25) BR Plants

    Sedum sieboldii Common name: Stonecrop-October Daphne. Zones 3 to 9, semi-evergreen. Full sun. Plants reach 6 to 10 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; low-growing, spreading species forms circular mound of arching stems from central crown. Growth...

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  • Sedum Pure Joy PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pure Joy' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pure Joy' PPAF (25) BR Plants Perfectly rounded, low mound perfect for edging the front of the border In spring, small, sharply serrated leaves emerge blue green Leaves form a short, semi-upright clump Bubblegum pink, star-shaped flowers Height:...

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  • Sedum Lime Zinger PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Lime Zinger' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Lime Zinger' PPAF (25) BR Plants No other Sedum combines the colorful foliage display and groundcover type habit quite like ‘Lime Zinger’. Succulent apple green leaves are edged in cherry red and grow into a tight weed suppressing mat...

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  • Sedum Carl 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Carl' (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Carl' Common name: Stonecrop-Autumn. a/k/a Hylotelephium Zones 3 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 18 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide, compact, rounded, upright habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. Large clusters of brilliant magenta pink...

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  • Sedum Autumn Joy Herbstfreude 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Autumn Joy' ('Herbstfreude') (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Autumn Joy' a/k/a stonecrop. Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'. Zone: 3 to 10. Full sun. Mature size: 18 to 24 inch height and width. Round, fleshy blue-green leaves with clusters of closely packed, rosy pink flowers that appear in late summer, age...

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  • Sedum Autumn Fire 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Autumn Fire' (25) BR Plants

    Sedum x 'Autumn Fire' a/k/a Stonecrop Zone 3 to 9, Sun or part sun.Mature foliage height 24 to 36 inches and 2 foot spread. Pale blue green upright succulent foliage. Large clusters of rosy pink flowers in late summer change to copper red in the fall...

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  • Nepeta faassenii Walkers Low 25 BR Plants

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' a/k/a Catmint and CatnipZones 3 to 8. Full Sun or part shade in the south.Up to 30 inches tall (if staked) and 3 feet wide. Arching upright habit. The cultivar name is somewhat misleading, the plant is named for its garden...

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  • Nepeta f Purrsian Blue PP24788 25 BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Purrsian Blue' PP24788 (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Purrsian Blue' PP24788 (25) BR Plants Improved tidy habit like 'Cat’s Meow', but a bit smaller and more compact Highly floriferous; periwinkle blue flowers with dark purple calyxes for many months beginning early summer Aromatic, green...

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  • Nepeta f Cats Meow PP24472 25 BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Cat's Meow' PP24472 (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta f. 'Cat's Meow' PP24472 (25) BR Plants Unlike most wild looking Nepetas, 'Cat's Meow' naturally keeps its tidy, densely rounded shape all season Spikes of sky blue flowers with purple calyxes appear for months from early summer into early fall ...

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  • Carex oshimensis Evergold 30ct Flat

    Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (30)ct Flat

    Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' a/k/a Evergold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Variegated Japanese Sedge. Zone 5 to 10, Sun to part shade.Mature foliage height 8 to 12 inches, clump forming. Evergreen leaves with creamy yellow variegated center strip with deep...

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  • Carex elata Bowles Golden 30ct Flat

    Carex elata 'Bowles Golden' (30)ct Flat

    Carex elata 'Bowles Golden' a/k/a Gold Sedge, Sedge Grass, Ornamental Zones 6 to 8; Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun). Mature size 2 to 3 feet height, spreads 2 to 3 feet. This sedge has bright gold foliage with thin green margins and is taller than...

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