Make public spaces green & attractive all year-round with perennials!

From city parks to roundabouts, and from borders to planters: public spaces are getting greener. With a good mix of perennials, there will be something to enjoy in every season. Perennials make the outdoor space attractive to passers-by or visitors, but also for bees and butterflies. Even more life!


With perennials, you can literally ‘green’ the outdoor public space. There is a vast choice in hardy perennials that offer a year-round green appearance, for example, cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum), green carpet (Pachysandra), elephant’s ears (Bergenia) and fringe cup (Tellima). Evergreen ornamental grasses also look lovely in roundabout planting and other planting areas, such as sedge (Carex) and bluegrass (Sesleria).

Plenty of colour & variety

For some extra colour, add flowering perennials to your planting. You could consider catnip (Nepeta), Michaelmas daisy (Aster), sage (Salvia), coneflower (Echinacea), wallflower (Erysimum) and sneezeweeds (Helenium). If you create lots of variety in flowers as well as flowering times, you will be making the outdoor space attractive to butterflies, bees and other insects. Excellent for biodiversity!

Tip! Leafy plants with attractive leaf colours, such as coral bells (Heuchera), are also suitable as an addition to the colour palette.

A welcome winter silhouette

Many perennials have an extra benefit up their sleeves: their winter silhouette, which, fortunately, is being appreciated more and more. Jerusalem sage (Phlomis) is a great example of a plant with an attractive winter silhouette thanks to the remarkable stepped shape of its (wilted) flowers. Ornamental grasses such as fountain grasses (Pennisetum) and silvergrass (Miscanthus) are also still worthwhile in winter. They sway ever so elegantly in the wind.

Tips & ideas

  • Try to think beyond the traditional planting areas. Are there any forgotten corners or stone plazas that look a little dreary? Make them green!
  • Also motivate residents to participate in greening, for example façade gardens and areas around trees. Together, you can make the living environment healthier and more attractive and climate-proof.

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