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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 'Coraljade'
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    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'
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    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'
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    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' 
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    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'
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    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 'Boogie Woogie'
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    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 'Bundle of Joy'
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    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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  • Sedum 'Popstar'

    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?????

    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
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    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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  • Sedum spurium 'Fulda Glow'

    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 'Pure Joy' PPAF

    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'
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    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'

    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')

    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'

    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...

    $144.13
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