Medians and Roundabouts

Photograph of a roundabout containing a perennial pollinator garden accompanied by perennial grasses.

This proposed classification applies to medians and roundabouts located on both major and secondary roads.

The goal is to create pollinator gardens at these sites. Pollinator plants support birds, butterflies, bees, beetles and bats by providing both food and shelter. Supporting these species is important as they are responsible for pollinating our crops and, in turn, growing the food we eat.

These types of planting require minimal maintenance, which also keeps our crews safe by reducing the amount of time they need to work roadside. Less maintenance also means fewer lane shutdowns, lessening the impact on your daily commute.



Material for this classification

Median and roundabout sites will typically contain:

  • pollinator plants (e.g. Beebalm, Hairy Beardtongue, Canadian Columbine, Primrose, Goldenrod, Lavender).
  • ground cover plants (e.g. Thyme, Vinca, English Ivy, Lady’s Mantle, Snow in Summer Ground phlox).
  • grasses (e.g. Feather Reed Grass, Prairie Dropseed, Japanese Forest Grass, Fescue).


Maintenance for this classification

Medians and roundabouts would be weeded a minimum of one time per season and would be mulched once at planting.

How has this classification changed from the 2016 strategy?

Medians and Roundabouts are a new classification proposed within the Beautification Strategy Update.



Example: Westmount Roundabout

Westmount Boulevard is a neighbourhood street within the community of Thornhill. Westmount Boulevard experiences significantly less traffic than a main road. The traffic calming roundabout provides an ideal location for pollinator planting, adding beautification to the area and promoting pollinator habitats with low maintenance required.

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