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Sustainable, low maintance mixture planting and sowing for public open space design in Lower Austria

Project Leader
Plenk Sabine, Project Leader
Duration:
01.05.2015-31.12.2016
Type of Research
Applied Research
Staff
BOKU Research Units
Division of Vegetables and Ornamentals
Funded by
Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung, Landhausplatz 1, A-3109 St. Pölten, Austria
Abstract
From 2012 until 2014 the federal state government of Lower Austria (“Aktion Natur im Garten”) assigned a research project to investigate the development of habitat related planting design in planting and sowing in open public space. The aim of the project was to create plant mixtures (herbaceous annuals and perennials) corresponding to different climate and soil conditions in Lower Austria with high esthetic impact. For every revised planting site species mixtures have been developed, implemented and plant inventory has been regularly monitored based on methods of German expert group of “AK Pflanzenverwendung”.

The ongoing project “Sustainable, low maintenance plant mixtures for public open space design in Lower Austria” continues investigations for a third vegetation period. Until end of 2016 the mixtures will be optimized due to ecological, esthetical and economical values. Communities as well as landscape and garden designers will have the opportunity to work with adapted plant species, suitable plant combinations and specific management in evidence of different regional climatic conditions. As result there will be further values in ecological planting design such as high visual performance, ecological maintenance and low financial support – a sustainable alternative to short living annual seed mixtures or high maintenance perennial plantings in public open space.
Keywords
Landscape conservation;
Extensive Plant Mixtures; Open Space Design; Lower Austria; Planting Design; Planting and Sowing;
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