Commercial Landscaping: Five Things You Need to Know

Curb appeal is not something that only applies to homes as it is relevant to commercial properties too. It has been proven to have a positive impact on sales and tenant satisfaction. Property managers should invest in creating a welcoming landscaped garden area that make premises look attractive and welcoming. Improved curb appeal will significantly increase a property owner’s bottom line, making landscaping money well-spent.

Here are some landscaping factors to consider:


People set great store by others’ commitment to environmental conservation and judge a premises’ gardens to see if the owner’s is compatible with theirs. Make your landscape one that utilizes indigenous trees and shrubs as they consume less water than foreign species. 

As an approach to sustainability, a commercial landscape should require minimal maintenance. Therefore, choose plants that are minimal shedders and do not require frequent trimming and pruning. This also reduces landscaping costs, and the garden looks neat even if your landscapers have not been there for a week or two.

Send the right message

A commercial landscape should welcome visitors by being attractive and friendly, but it should also convey a message about your business’s branding. 

Corporate buildings’ landscapes tend to be sparser and arranged with precision, as this is the atmosphere inside the building. A headquarters for organic products might have a different feel about its garden, featuring more plants.

Landscaping businesses find that the best way to approach the design before they even start working is to consult with the commercial property owner. Understanding a business’s nature and how a garden will represent gives them an idea of how to proceed. GreenPal believes in a high degree of collaboration with clients to ensure their vision becomes a reality.

Do not write off a preexisting design

If you have acquired and moved into a new building, previous tenants or owner’s landscaping might not suit your purposes. However, before you have everything dug up and destroyed, consult your landscaper.

It is highly likely that there are existing garden elements that can still fit into your new design. This will also save you some money as plants are already there and well-established. Your landscaper will work around those plants you intend to keep when creating a final layout and take precautions to preserve the plants during the landscaping process.

Coordinate colors

Whether you have an evergreen commercial landscape garden with plants that offer few flowers, or you opt for a riot of flower colors, coordination is essential. Shrubs should feature leaves of different shades of green and various textures as this already gives a design an element of depth and diversity.

For color displays, decide if you want flower colors separated into beds by color or if you prefer a mix of colors. Either is effective and will depend on your preference and your landscaper’s advice.

Add a water feature

A water feature as a focal point of your commercial landscaping creates a tranquil effect that will make visitors and employees alike feel welcomed and peaceful as they enter the building. Large water features, or even a koi pond, make for an attractive commercial landscape, and serve as a garden feature that visitors will remember.

Alternatively, you could have several smaller water features scattered around the garden. This is preferable when employees use those gardens for lunches or even meetings during fine weather. 

Having benches and tables close to water features is ideal for these purposes. Water features can also drown out the busy city’s sounds beyond the commercial property’s gates, making a garden a welcome sanctuary from the fast-paced world around the premises.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.