Perennial Parterre – Area Perennis
“The Perennial Parterre flaunts plants whose roots can quite easily endure even the harsh cold of our winters. Most of the native species may be counted among these, but a considerable number may also be added from the northern regions of America and Europe.”
Carl Linnaeus, Hortus Upsaliensis 1745
In the Perennial Parterre, species are planted according to the 24 classes in Linnaeus' sexual system. The plants' slate labels follow a design used by the Botanical Garden in 1864. It is not known what they looked like in Linnaeus' day.
The hedges surrounding Area perennis and Area annua are a mixture of mock orange, barberry, willow and spruce, all according to Linnaeus' description. In this way, various plant species suitable for hedges could be tried out and demonstrated to the students.