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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.

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  • Echinacea Rainbow Sherbet PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Rainbow Sherbet' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Rainbow Sherbet' PPAF - DOUBLE DIPPED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerDOUBLE DIPPED Echinacea have large, fully double 4½" flowers with wide, overlapping ray petals. Each variety has substantial landscape size at...

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  • Echinacea Raspberry Beret PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Raspberry Beret' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Raspberry Beret' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DOUBLE CODED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerA complementing series of fully double Coneflowers to the single flowered COLOR CODED® collection. Varieties in this series have...

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  • Echinacea One in a Melon PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'One in a Melon' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'One in a Melon' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® COLOR CODED® Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerMelon-colored flowers and matching melon cones. At 5-5½" wide these are among the largest flowers in the collection. Petals...

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  • Echinacea Butter Pecan PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Butter Pecan' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Butter Pecan' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DOUBLE CODED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerA complementing series of fully double Coneflowers to the single flowered COLOR CODED® collection. Varieties in this series have...

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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 Coraljade PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Coraljade' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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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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  • 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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  • Echinacea Frankly Scarlet PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Frankly Scarlet' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Frankly Scarlet' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® COLOR CODED Collection(30)ct Flat Common Name: Coneflower4' bright scarlet orange flowers. Flowers held over dark green foliage and demonstrates good branching. Intense color lightens to coral...

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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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  • Echinacea Yellow My Darling PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Yellow My Darling' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Yellow My Darling' PPAF COLOR CODED?? Collection Common Name: ConeflowerRich yellow flowers contrast beautifully with its dark green leaves. Flowers age to an attractive creamy yellow. A large volume of petals to make the flowers last for a...

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  • Echinacea Balsomold PP30115 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Balsomold' PP30115 (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea SOMBRERO® GRANADA GOLD ('Balsomold' PP30115 US7,982,110) Common Name: ConeflowerGolden yellow, overlapping flowers contrast with very dark green leaves. More gold than the bright yellow color of Lemon Yellow Improved. Height: 18.0-22.0...

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  • Echinacea Canary Feathers PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Canary Feathers' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Canary Feathers' PPAF - EYE-CATCHER?? Collection Common Name: ConeflowerLarge 5' bright yellow flowers are well-branched and contrast well with the dark green foliage. Color lightens slightly but holds its color better than other yellow...

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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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  • Echinacea LAKOTA Fire 30ct Flat

    Echinacea SUMMERSONG Firefinch (30)ct Flat

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  • Echinacea Delicious Candy PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Delicious Candy' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Delicious Candy' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerAccording to the Dutch hybridizer Marco van Noort, ‘Delicious Candy’ is his best Echinacea in 5 years! The color on this double coneflower is practically fluorescent, with...

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  • Echinacea Coral Craze PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Coral Craze' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Coral Craze' PPAF (30)ct Flat EYE-CATCHER™ CollectionCommon Name: Coneflower Large, 5' vibrant coral pink flowers mature to lavender pink with wide petals. Dark, near black stems have a matching dark cone. The tallest of the collection...

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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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  • 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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  • Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm 3.5 inch pot

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (3.5 inch pot)

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower. Zones 4 to 10, Sun. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide;Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 1999 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.Royal Horticultural...

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  • Echinacea purpurea White Swan 3.5 inch pot

    Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' (3.5 inch pot)

    Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' (30)ct Flat Zones 3 to 8. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 30 to 36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide ; Clumping habit. Growth rate: Moderate. 3-4 inches, pure white flowers with a golden yellow cone from early...

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  • Echinacea purpurea Magnus 3.5 inch pot

    Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Echinacea p. 'Magnus' PURPLE CONEFLOWER The classic purple coneflower. Beautiful rose pink ray petals with a coppery brown, spiky central cone. Petals are held horizontally, making the flowers appear even bigger. Newer blooms are more intense in color...

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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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  • Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm 30ct Flat

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (30)ct Flat

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower. Zones 4 to 10, Sun. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide;Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 1999 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.Royal Horticultural...

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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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  • Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm 25 BR Plants

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (25) BR Plants

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower. Zones 4 to 10, Sun. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide;Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 1999 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.Royal Horticultural...

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  • Echinacea p PowWow White 30ct Flat

    Echinacea p. 'PowWow White' (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow White' Common Name: Coneflower; Zones 3 to 8. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 18 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide;Clumping habit. Growth rate: Moderate. Pure white flowers with a golden yellow cone flowers from...

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  • Echinacea p PowWow Wild Berry 30ct Flat

    Echinacea p. 'PowWow Wild Berry' (30)ct Flat

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