On your commercial retail property, plant materials serve many functions.
First, and most obviously, they serve an aesthetic purpose—plants create a visually appealing environment that draws visitors in, boosts curb appeal and increases property values.
They also serve structural purposes, creating organization and defining spaces in the landscape.
And when you really get down to it, plants are utilitarian. They can be used to block views, provide areas with cooling shade, clean the air, filter and slow the flow of stormwater and prevent erosion.
The plants we choose for commercial landscapes meet all of these purposes. For structure and utility, you could argue that trees and large- to medium-sized shrubs are the most important plants in the landscape.
Here are our picks for the five best shrubs in Atlanta for commercial properties, particularly in the retail sector.
Want to add some pop and pizazz to your retail entryway or retail property frontage?
Knock Out roses are the hardy, showy, drought-tolerant answer for those full-sun spots.
These tidy, compact shrub roses can grow 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide and are resistant to black spot. Blooms are very colorful—fire engine red in cool weather and cherry red in the summer months with dark purplish-green foliage that turns to a rich burgundy in the fall.
To add a bright, unique color to your retail frontage or entryway, try ‘Limelight’ hydrangea. This showstopper has a bright chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that hold bright and refreshing color right into autumn when the blooms change to a rich, deep pink.
The fall display of chartreuse and pink on the same plant is breathtaking. Blending wonderfully with other colors, this easy-to-grow plant can reach 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide and is great for partial sun locations.
‘Limelight’ hydrangea flower heads range from 6 to 12 inches and are well-distributed on the plant for a great display, staying upright on the shrub. They mix well in groups of plants, in perennial and shrub borders, as hedges or even in containers.
For some great texture in front of your commercial retail property, try ‘Morning Light’ miscanthus or maiden grass.
The long green blades have highlights of creamy-white margins and mid-veins creating a shimmery, silvery appearance. This visual excitement grows to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide in full sun, tolerating dry conditions along the way.
Every commercial retail space needs some great foundation plants that offer good, solid coverage.
Enter ‘Ruby’ loropetalum. This sun-loving shrub is possibly one of the smallest of the loropetalum varieties with a compact, rounded form that grows 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide but can be pruned shorter.
Its unusual clusters of pink fringe flowers bloom year-round, accompanying the shiny, ruby red young leaves. This brilliant color can certainly add variety and pizazz to the landscape.
Mixing the right colors and textures bring interest to an Atlanta commercial retail property—evergreens included, which create flows of green in the garden all year long.
‘Blue Cascade’ distylium is an evergreen featuring matte blue-green foliage with a cascading, layered habit. Its reddish-maroon flowers in late January through March add interest during the winter months.
With its heat and drought tolerance, it is a perfect plant to use as a specimen or grouping in any size garden. It grows well in full sun to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide and makes a great foundation planting or backdrop by providing thick cover.
Shrubs provide structure in a garden the same way walls provide structure to a building. And for a commercial retail property that needs to draw customers in, while reflecting a positive brand image, the right shrubs can make a huge difference on storefront appearance and the bottom line.
Whether you like cascading blue-green foliage with a layering habit; pops of bright, lime green popcorn ball blooms; silvery grasses blowing in the wind; pink, fringy flowers; or more traditional, hardy red roses, every retail property could use a well-thought-out mix of shrubs to boost its curb appeal and draw shoppers in.
HighGrove Partners would love to meet with you to discuss your shrub and landscape design needs. Fall is the perfect time to plant shrubs! We can create a unique display that will boost the visual appeal of your retail property and give it a much-needed makeover.
Give us a call at 678-298-0550 or use our simple contact form to set up a meeting with our team.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2015 Commercial Property Trends Report below for more tips and trends to help your commercial property become more attractive, more comfortable and more sustainable this year and for years to follow.