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Natural and Colourful - Perennial Planting and Sowing in Open Public Space in Lower Austria

Project Leader
Plenk Sabine, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Schwingesbauer Sonja, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2015)
BOKU Research Units
Division of Vegetables and Ornamentals
Funded by
Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung, Landhausplatz 1, A-3109 St. Pölten, Austria
From 2008 until 2011 the federal state government (“Aktion Natur im Garten”) assigned a research project to improve the use of habitat related planting design in open public space. The aim of the project was to create a register of herbaceous perennial plants corresponding to different references for planting sites in public spaces for the use in Lower Austria. For every revised planting site there is information available; for example implementation, visual performance, maintenance or optimization of the plant inventory. Comparing all 7 tested planting types due to ecological, esthetical and economocal values, the type “Planting with Sowing” had a satisfying to good visual performance and is easy to maintain and low in cost. Thus this type will be remarked for ongoing research: plant species, combinations and managment in evidence of different regional climatic conditions are being implemented, investigated and optimised in six test areas.
green area planning;
planting design; naturalistic gardening; herbaceous vegetation; green space managment;
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