This week, Exeter City Council’s Parks and Open Spaces team have put the finishing touches on the summer floral displays for 2010 with more than 80 hanging baskets, more than two dozen decorative barrels and a brand new planting scheme.
On the High Street, 32 hanging baskets will feature a variety of begonias, marigolds and ivy to give the city centre a boost of colour. In Northernhay Gardens, another 50 hanging baskets of vibrant coloured ivy, bacopa, marigolds, begonias, and trailing geraniums will compliment the summer bedding plants and collection of mature trees.
Northernhay Gardens is also home to a brand new planting scheme featuring more than 34 different varieties of dahlia, salvias, marigolds and a number of cannas. With baskets, barrels, and raised beds from reclaimed railway sleepers, the new scheme is full to brim with the sights and smells of summer. The new planting features more than 20 per cent recycled plant materials including dahlias from last season and cuttings taken from salvias grown in council green houses.
Council officers are confident that city centre bedding and baskets will last until mid November with careful management. Soils in the hanging baskets and barrels have been fortified with organic water retaining polymers which will help to reduce the need for watering throughout the summer and help to keep costs low.
Paul McCormick, head of Contracts and Direct Services, told the Devon Week: “We are pleased that we have been able to deliver a high-impact, low-cost bedding scheme for the city centre. We are very fortunate to have a team with the skills and expertise to do so.”
(from a press release)