As summertime hits, you have to begin to ask yourself how you can spruce up your property. When it comes to staple pieces of your landscape, flowers are a must. Integrating them into your property can be a challenge, especially if you do not have access to a design build specialist. However, they are vital, so you must find a way. Using perennials, annuals, and even colorful shrubs can be functional, as well as improving your aesthetic. Well tended plant material can make a great impression on any visitor to your property. Employees at an office park may feel more biophilic, and families in an HOA will appreciate the time and care put into selecting the perfect plants. We have a few ideas on how to do this, from simple to complex. This is how you can go about keeping your commercial property colorful.
Use Pots and Planters
All the rage these days, you can keep a low maintenance landscape by avoiding the in-ground planting process altogether. If you have outdoor living spaces, such as patios, throw some potted plants around to spice up the landscape. This opens up more creative design options than you would think, as you can mix and match different species of plants, and play with the symmetry and height of the material. Pots and planters give you immense freedom, at a low cost, and with less maintenance.
Use Bright Colors
The last thing you want on your commercial property is for it to feel bland. You already have earth tones, with your lawn, trees, and hardscapes. Use your flowers to accent these central pieces. Think bright shades of pink, white, or a strong red. You want these flowers to pop, and catch the attention of all those who see them.
Try Native Flowers
Believe it or not, there are many plants native to Chicagoland and surrounding areas. Not only does using native flowers increase sustainability, you do your part and contribute to the environment. Many of these native flowers also require less maintenance, as they are built for the climate.
Starting off, the New England Aster is a great variety that blooms purple-pink, and does not require much water. It is good in the shade, and is loved by bees and butterflies. If you want something for the fall, the Garden Phlox is a great option, as it typically blooms in October, and is a pretty light purple color. If you are looking for a perennial, the Butterfly Weed is a bushy plant that needs to be planted in the sun, but is very drought tolerant, and blooms a beautiful orange flower.
Plants that Attract Wildlife
If you want your property to feel more “alive”, then having an abundance of plants that attract birds, bees, and butterflies can do just that. There are many extremely basic species of plants that do the trick. Lavender plants are heavy on nectar, which bees love, and Verbena varieties are great for attracting butterflies. If you would like to attract hummingbirds to your property, you want to emphasize red and pink varieties, as that is how they find their food. Iris, Petunias, Lilies and even Butterfly Bush are all great options.
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