Commercial Entrance Landscape Design + 3 Expert Tips For Landscaping In A Commercial Property!


For the average person, commercial landscape design services can seem much trickier to figure out than simple residential landscaping. The reason for this is that commercial properties immediately evoke images of larger-scale projects, with many more components to figure out and master.

Of these components, commercial entrance landscape design is one that often goes overlooked in favor of other aspects that make up commercial landscaping. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is detrimental to the overall look and feel of a commercial building. That's why in this post, we'll focus solely on this aspect of landscape design!

As stated, this post will center on commercial landscaping for the entrance points of such properties. Before providing you with our expert commercial landscaping ideas that will take the entrances to your commercial landscapes to the next level, we'll first cover what this type of landscape design is, why it matters, and the best planters to use in such a scenario.

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What Is Commercial Landscape Design?

To start, it's necessary to define commercial landscape design so you have a complete understanding before you begin landscaping yourself.

First Of All, What Is Landscaping?

Essentially, landscaping focus on the introduction of natural elements into the indoor or outdoor space of a building, thereby creating a symbiosis between nature and man-made structures.

Commercial landscaping then is simply landscape design that focuses on commercial properties as opposed to residential ones. Commercial properties can be locations such as:

  • Office buildings
  • Hotels/Resorts
  • Shopping centers
  • Restaurants

Now you have a better understanding of what exactly commercial landscape design constitutes, let's focus on why it matters.

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Why Is Commercial Landscape Design Important?

There are many reasons why it's important to start considering commercial landscape design services in your own properties. While we won't get into them all, we'll cover a few in the following section just so you know why it's a valuable practice.

Curb Appeal & Value

Starting with a statistic that is sure to make any property owner rejoice, a study in 2021 found that $268 of lawn care services adds about $1,200 in value to your home—a 352% ROI.

While this study focused on residential properties, it's not far-fetched to assume similar numbers when considering a commercial landscape. To illustrate this, all you have to do is perform a simple thought experiment.

Consider two different commercial landscapes. Imagine one has no kind of landscape design while the other is bountiful in its use of landscape elements. Picturing those two commercial buildings, which do you imagine attracting more clients and sending the right message to prospective clients?

It shouldn't come as a surprise that many will consider the commercial property with clear landscape design as the more eye catching choice!

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Be Original

Another benefit of commercial landscape design is the fact that once you really figure out how to best execute these services, you can start to have fun with landscaping and tailor a commercial space to your liking!

This is possible because once you understand the ins and outs of commercial landscaping, you'll realize the possibilities are truly endless. A few landscaping ideas you could try out are:

  • Stonewall features
  • A green roof
  • Retaining walls
  • Fire pits
  • Walkways lined with planters

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Save The Environment

Last on our list of why commercial landscaping matters, we'll focus on the environmental benefits of landscape design.

For one, without getting into the science of it all, the simple act of introducing biodiversity to a space immediately benefits the environment because it means more plants, and as such, more nature!

However, if you want to get a little more specific, landscape installation is great for the environment when features such as the aforementioned green roof or retaining walls are implemented.

Take a green roof for example. These help conserve water and improve drainage, which is also great for reducing the risk of flooding. Furthermore, green roofs reduce pollution and they can also save you money by lowering heating and cooling costs depending on the season.

In such ways, commercial landscaping can not only save a property, it can also save the land we live in!

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What Are The Best Planters For Commercial Landscaping?

Now you know what commercial landscaping is and why it's important, let's focus now on the best planters for use in a commercial property. While there are many materials one could choose from when deciding what planters would be good in a commercial landscape, we're going to come out and say we believe there's none better than fiberglass.

Why Fiberglass For Commercial Landscaping?

There are several reasons why we choose fiberglass planters over any other. Aside from their decorative features which allow you to pretty much satisfy any landscaping design you desire, the planters are also extremely functional.

  • Fiberglass planters are durable as a result of how they are made (resin bonded together), which also means they are weather and temperature resistant so you can place them both inside a commercial landscape or outside.
  • Fiberglass planters are lightweight. It's possible to transport them between indoor and outdoor spaces with no trouble.
  • Fiberglass planters are low maintenance. Instead of relying on a professional maintenance team to take care of your planter, a fiberglass pot can pretty much be left on its own, ensuring a pleasant experience when you garden.
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Who Can Use Fiberglass For Commercial Landscaping?

Regardless of if you're a seasoned landscape architect or an owner of a business property simply looking to introduce green to the building, fiberglass is a planter you should consider using. With their low maintenance make and durability, they're perfect for anyone to use as both components of indoor or outdoor furniture.

Just so you don't begin planting without any ideas for landscaping design, in the following section we'll provide you with some of our favorite commercial landscaping ideas.

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3 Expert Ideas To Use In Commercial Landscape Design

Highlight An Entrance

Using planters and greenery to highlight the entrance of a commercial property is a perfect way to make the best first impression with your commercial landscape design. Great for creating a welcoming environment with the exterior space of a hotel, restaurant, or office building, let's see just how you can go about doing this.

To start, it's important to have an understanding of what you want the overall design scheme to be. Are you trying to make a bold statement and direct the flow of traffic to the front door? Or are you opting for something with more zen features?

Depending on your choice, you can play around with various planters and plants that will best serve you in your goal. Say you want minimalist geometric plant designs--Try out a square or rectangular planter for the best results. By learning how to highlight an entrance, you'll find the rest of your commercial landscape design following suit!

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Plants To Go With Landscape Lighting

Our next tip will focus solely on how you can use plants to mix and match with the outdoor lighting of a commercial property. Ideal for use in a resort or restaurant, this type of landscaping allows you to create an unparalleled fairy-like display in an outdoor living area.

Say you decide to do this in an outdoor bar or restaurant area of a beach resort. Grow various tropical trees in fiberglass planters and then have lighting draped along the outdoor furniture. Once the evening comes around, the lights will shine on as the customers enjoy themselves in the presence of their idyllic surroundings.

Aside from simply being beautiful, this will also allow for clear visibility when it gets dark, which is essential for many businesses that operate late into the night. How about something like the River Rock Planter (Large)? These are the perfect option for an outdoor space like a beach resort as they keep with the overall theme of the landscape!

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Create A Pathway To The Entrance

Using plants to create paths to the entranceways of buildings is a great example of form and function combining to great effect. The reason we believe it's worthwhile to try this out is that most businesses fall short when attempting to direct people into their building without the use of prior advertisements, resulting in them missing out on a high percentage of potential clients. However, by creating a path to the entrance with plants, you'll be able to attract as many people as possible to your business.

Say you run a restaurant or shopping outlet and you want to figure out how to best entice pedestrians into entering your domain. Rather than shelling out crazy cash on billboards and signs, why not just direct people towards your property with nature? By placing fiberglass planters in a certain way, you can essentially make people engage with your business!

To do this, get a set of fiberglass pots like this Darwin Tall Rectangular Planter. An imposing structure to begin with, when arranged in a row these can serve as unique pathways as well as low walls. Clients can then be drawn into the path they create that lead to the entrance of your property!

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When it comes to commercial entrance landscape design, the choice of planters can make all the difference. Fiberglass planters offer the perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality.

Why choose fiberglass for your commercial landscaping needs? These planters are not only visually appealing but also highly durable and weather-resistant. They can withstand the elements, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Their lightweight nature allows for easy transport and flexibility in placement. Plus, fiberglass planters are low-maintenance, reducing the need for constant care.

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Make the right choice for your landscaping needs – choose fiberglass!