Ornamental perennials in small rural settlements: a case study from the Czech Republic

https://doi.org/10.17221/21/2019-HORTSCICitation:Barošová I., Šantrůčková M., Matiska P., Baroš A. (2020): Ornamental perennials in small rural settlements: a case study from the Czech Republic. Hort. Sci. (Prague), 47: 130-138.
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The history of a site includes not only preserved historical buildings, but also areas with an assortment of plants, which have been preserved for many years. Rural settlements make up 80% of all the municipalities in the Czech Republic, with greenery covering 50–70% of their area. There are dominant trees and shrubs and an herb layer. The herb layer has high species diversity and species typical of the area, but at the same time, its long-term survival is in jeopardy. The continuity of rural settlements has been disturbed since the second half of the 20th century. Rural spaces often become uniform and impersonal, without links to the surrounding countryside, traditions, and history. This study included a total of 124 perennial families within three studied regions.

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