Every spring, the City of Sydney plants thousands of potted flowers around the CBD and a few inner-city suburbs to add a splash of colour to urban life as part of its Living Colour initiative. This year, with more people working from home due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions, the council has decided to mix things up a little.

Rather than confining the blooms mainly to the CBD in spring, the City of Sydney is spreading the love this winter, planting blooms throughout every suburb in its jurisdiction. Bonus: the regular spring display will also be installed when the weather warms up again.

Darlinghurst, Kings Cross, Erskineville, Pyrmont and Surry Hills have joined the city centre in the winter planting – more than 17,000 plants have been dispatched. And in a move that will hopefully spark a little joy for the frontline workers at St Vincent’s, a burst of vibrant flowers has been planted in front of the hospital. When the display wraps up, some of the plants will be donated to those workers to take home. Other recipients of the blooms will include community gardens, primary schools and community groups.

If you’re in the city, venture past Town Hall, QVB, Martin Place, Castlereagh Street, Cathedral Square, Queens Square, Hyde Park Barracks and Customs House to take in the floral scenes. Plant species include primula, pansy, English daisy, ornamental kale, sage, lavender, calendula, lemon button fern, ficus and peperomia. The plants are watered with recycled water from Green Square and cared for without pesticides.

The winter Living Colour displays will run until July 26.