Planting Design


Prof. Anke Seegert

Welcome to the T&R area of Planting Design

The teaching and research area of planting design deals with the site-appropriate use of landscaping plants (woody plants, perennials, and annuals) in different spatial and conceptual contexts. This includes the planning and execution of a planting design as well as the long-term maintenance of existing planted landscapes.

Plants are an important component of ecosystems, serving as a food source and habitat for a diversity of fauna. Furthermore, they can play an important role in regulating climatic conditions in cities. They shape the urban open spaces, rural areas and cultural landscapes that we humans use to recharge, recreate and simply enjoy. Last but not least, plants are an aesthetic design tool.

In both open space planning and landscape planning, knowledge of plant species including their community, composition and use is an essential foundation for professional quality planning. This professional planning is based on three pillars:

  • Aesthetic design principles
  • knowledge of plant ecology
  • and practical implementation

with the goal of developing an attractive, long-lasting and successful planting.

In light of climate change, the densification of cities and the "maintenance emergency" in many municipalities, planting design is currently facing major challenges. To ensure that our cities remain livable and attractive in the future, our primary concern is to protect existing planted areas and adapt sites and plans to the changing climate and local conditions.

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