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These 8 Plants Are Perfect for Commercial Properties

Every owner wants their building to look its best. But maintaining a commercial property takes a ton of work. From maintenance to upgrades, design, and function; having a beautiful outdoor space can be tough to achieve.

That’s why owners need low-maintenance plants. Low-maintenance plants require minimal work, look beautiful, and are the trick to keeping a property looking great year-round.

1. Barberry

Commercial properties are ideal settings for the Barberry shrub to thrive. That’s because this shrub is extremely low maintenance, while still offering owners a bright pop of yellow as the seasons change. It is also a resilient shrub and can withstand a number of soil types, so there’s no need to fret that it won’t work on yours. All the shrub requires is some occasional pruning to ensure there are no dead leaves or branches that are ruining its shape.

2. Fescue

For those in warm climates, consider planting Fescue around the property. Fescue is a hardy, drought-resistant plant. It is commonly used as a replacement for traditional grass given its long green stems and lush look. Plus, this durable plant looks great when added to flower beds as it adds depth that frames it with its long green stems.

3. Ajuga

For owners that want to add a pop of color to their gardens without the hassle of flowers, look no further than the Ajuga. This flowering plant is the perfect addition because of its dense, lush green leaves that act as a base for its flowering buds. These long stem flowers come in a range of colors (from purple to burgundy and green) that require minimal care. But just be careful of where you place it in the garden as it is a creeping plant. This means it will spread if it’s not controlled. So, just be sure to check on it and trim it every so often to ensure its shape does not get out of hand.

4. Blue Mist Spirea

Also known as ‘Bluebeard’, Blue Mist Spirea is another resilient plant that’s perfect for dryer climates. This pollinator plant is heat and drought hesitant, doing well in both full sun and partial shade. Plus, it has blue flowers that bloom in the summer which are guaranteed to brighten any landscape. Owners will just need to keep on top of seasonal pruning in order to keep the plant strong and growing.

5. Coreopsis

For a long-lasting pop of color, the bright Coreopsis is a great choice. That’s because its vibrant flowers bloom from early summer to early fall. They also come in a variety of shades ranging from yellow to orange, pink, purple, and red. This perennial plant is another easy grower as it tolerates almost any soil condition and works both inside and out.

6. Mondo Grass

Another low-maintenance plant you may want to add to your commercial property is Mondo Grass. Black Mondo Grass thrives in a variety of landscapes regardless of how much light it gets. So, owners can plant it on shady sides of the property without needing to worry. They are also resistant to most types of wildlife such as rabbits and deer which means owners don’t need to monitor them for pests. The only downside to this plant is that it requires adequate moisture so consider adding it to an area with an irrigation system to limit the amount of time spent watering.

7. Fountain Grass

For a tall, dense look add fountain grass to a property. This clumping grass thrives in full sun. And better yet, they require little care once placed there. They also hardly need water once installed so long as the area they are planted in gets some rainfall. The only maintenance it requires is in early spring or late winter when it should be cut back and trimmed. Trimming helps stimulate growth and encourages new stems to take form.

8. Maiden Grass

Maiden Grass, also known as Chinese Silver Grass, is one of the hardiest plants commercial owners can use on their property. Not only is this plant resistant to drought, but its disease and pest-resistant (deer, rabbits, and other lawn pests).

The only thing owners should be concerned about is if it is allowed to be planted in their state. In some States, Maiden Grass had been deemed an invasive species. But, despite this, ornamental varieties have become popular and are now being bred to be sterile so they won’t spread.

Finding the Right Plants for Your Commercial Property

Ultimately, we know first-hand how difficult it is to maintain a commercial property. That’s exactly why we suggest speaking with a member of our team for advice on how to make it easier for you.

If you’d be interested in seeing how State of the Art Landscape could help, get in touch at 703-421-3666 or email admin@stateoftheartlandscape.com.

4 Commercial Landscaping Problems and How to Fix Them

The exterior of a building is a reflection of the company and its owner. That’s why keeping it well maintained is essential.

A well-kept exterior proves to current and potential clients that owners put the effort into their work and only want the best for them. Given how important it is to maintain the exterior of commercial properties, we’ve outlined the top four commercial landscaping problems we see and how to avoid them.

1. Hidden Entrances

The entrance to a commercial property is important. When people walk up to the front of a building and it looks unkempt – they will likely think the owners don’t care. This gives off a lackluster impression that can result in lost business from pedestrians who keep walking or potential tenants who think that that lack of care translates to the way the business is run.

That’s why its owners need to invest in the entrance of their buildings. Things like having a clear pathway; free of debris and damage make all the difference in the impression that people get.

For properties with entrances that have gardens, lawns, and flower beds; we suggest doing things like mulching, bed maintenance, mechanical edging, and mowing. All of which will have your entrance looking cared for.

2. Uninviting Spaces

Another common mistake we see owners make with their outdoor space is that it simply appears drab. When a space is dated it comes off as uninviting which deters people from making use of it. But this issue can easily be solved.

One of the quickest ways for owners to switch up the look of their outdoor space is with the use of plants and flowers. Adding things like bright arrangements at entranceways can add a bit of intrigue to the space.

To enhance an area even further consider adding seating like benches or chairs (that are finished off with comfy pillows and throws.) Even consider adding in a dining area with other amenities like a BBQ or kitchen that encourage people to gather and spend time there.

3. Bad Lighting

Lighting is critical when it comes to commercial properties. Proper lighting makes buildings more accessible, appealing, and safe.

We suggest upgrading to LED bulbs and fixtures. Making these enhancements are easy as it just requires bulbs to be replaced with already existing features.

LEDs can also be used to make a space more appealing when used to highlight things like entrances, gardens, flowers, and seating. In turn, making the building more appealing to guests.

Or consider adding remote control to the lighting. These settings give owners the ability to manage the lights, regardless of where they are located. Meaning, that they can program them to switch on and off at specific times and even turn them off if the space isn’t being used.

4. Trash and Debris

Things like debris, foliage, and garbage can quickly pile up resulting in unsightly views. Plus, if these things are left lying around the property it can impact accessibility by making it difficult for people to reach the entrances.

Debris and uncleared walkways can also be extremely dangerous, resulting in slips and falls – something no owner should have to deal with. Especially those in areas with colder winters. Where things like snow, ice, and freezing rain pose serious harm to potential guests.

Given how much effort goes into keeping a property clear of trash and debris we suggest working with a property management team. Here at State of the Art Landscaping, we work with owners to truly understand their needs.

Otherwise, without things like frequent edging, features such as bushes and flower beds may overlap with one another; appearing disheveled and uncared for. But a bed that has been properly edged means that owners can maintain its appearance and design for much longer.

That’s where a property management team can help. They can work to keep your property looking its best. After all, they understand how difficult it can be to maintain a commercial building. If you’re an owner, consider speaking with a member of our team. We have more than sixty years of combined experience, and as such, are able to provide superior landscape advice.
See how we can help by calling 703-421-3666 or email admin@stateoftheartlandscape.com.