Landscaping Essential for Office Buildings and Complexes: 2019 Edition

Landscaping Essential for Office Buildings and Complexes

We know what you’re thinking. (Seriously, we do).

When it comes to landscaping topics, we’re pretty much mind-readers.

You’re thinking that your commercial landscape is feeling a little lackluster. You’re thinking your office space could use a little pizzazz. You’re consistently wondering what you can do to amp up your little slice of corporate landscape.

And of course, it makes sense that you’d care about your commercial landscape. It’s a motivational factor for your employees, an inspiration to your colleagues, it’s curb appeal for your clients. It’s a clear, direct message to everyone who works for you or visits your space saying, “hey, we care about our landscaping, we care about our employees, and we care about our clients—so much so that we’re going to provide a seamless, beautiful space for everyone to enjoy”.

With all that in mind, think about your commercial space.

Does your landscape say this? Does it accurately reflect the message you’re trying to portray? If not, no worries—we’ve round up a few helpful tips, trends, and tricks for you to read up on and enjoy. Who knows, maybe it’s time for your office building or complex to get a little landscape renovation?

Gathering Spots + Collaborative Spaces

You care about your employees, right? We thought so. No matter what kind of commercial space you’re running, adding in gathering places and spaces that encourage community and collaboration are going to be a big hit. It can be as simple as a fire pit with some scatter d seating or as complex as a full-fledged outdoor kitchen for workplace barbecues. No matter what, if you’re putting together a maintained, well-designed space for your clients and employees, it’s going to be both used and appreciated. The most important thing to note about this type of space? It’s not a new trend. This has been—and continues to be—an important trend. People—especially your employees—are going to jump at the chance to gather and be a community (it’s just the way people operate).

Consider Sustainability

Every day, incorporating eco-friendly, green options becomes less of a ‘trend’ and more a way of life (personally, we’re all about this!). There are several ways you could go about incorporating this into your commercial landscaping—from switching out your gas-powered tools to battery-operated tools to being conscious about the chemicals you’re putting into the ground to collecting rainwater and avoiding water waste. We have plenty of ideas for your space and we’d be more than happy to discuss the broad range of options available! Going green and implementing sustainable practices is a huge boon for commercial landscapes.

Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal

When designing your commercial landscape, it’s always important to remember who your target audience is. Are you designing this landscape for your employees? Your customers? Potentials clients? A combination of all three? In all likelihood, it’s some kind of custom mix of those options. Regardless, it’s vital to remember your curb appeal. Sure, fun features, outdoor gathering spaces, and bright pops of color are great, but if you’re not designing your business with curb appeal in mind, you’re missing a very important piece of the puzzle. Check out this blog post we wrote a while back that dives into some curb appeal tips and tricks your commercial landscape can definitely benefit from!

Work Within Your Climate’s Means—And Make it Amazing

In other words, stop trying to make things work in Florida that likely just aren’t going to work in Florida. We’re not saying that to squash your dreams, just to help you realign and repurpose them, a bit. It’s no secret that Florida’s climate is, well, tricky—we’re saying tricky to avoid saying something we shouldn’t—but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a gorgeous, vibrant, and lush space! It’s all about knowing what to plant. Check out our little guide here for some Florida friendly trees, plants, shrubs, groundcover options and more!

Get Back to Nature with Green Spaces

There’s a huge trend right now for Florida public spaces and parks that could easily work for your commercial landscape—greenspaces. From community gardens to hiking trails to nature-filled areas that offer refuge from the urban-ness that surrounds us, there are infinite options for greenspaces! A greenspace is technically defined as an area that’s filled with grass, trees, etc.—but that could mean a garden, a living food wall, a green roof, a living playground, and so much more!

Add Unique Features

Whether it’s a fire pit, a Zen garden, a fountain, or a hiking trail, adding in a unique, specific feature to your landscape can help to increase the appeal of your commercial space! Don’t just plant beautiful flower beds and call it a day (although, we always think beautiful flower beds have a place in commercial landscape)—get creative! Add in fun features, pops of unique elements, and something that’s totally different from what you’ve seen in other commercial landscapes. Need a little inspiration in this department? We bet you anything that we can help! (Twenty years of experience means we’ve been around the block a time or two and we’re pretty good at coming up with creative solutions).

Focus on Maintenance

Above all, it’s vital to zero in on maintaining your beautiful space. Think about it—you can put all the work into designing and crafting this amazing commercial space that everyone’s going to go nuts about, but if you leave things to overgrow, get messy, and look unkempt, it’s unlikely that anyone’s going to want to venture outdoors to enjoy it. Partner with a company who knows the value of regularly scheduled, always-reliable maintenance to help keep your commercial landscape looking beautiful and tidy!

See what we mean? Commercial landscaping in Florida doesn’t have to be boring—in fact, it can be the talk of your town! If you’re looking for more ideas about how to brighten up your commercial landscape or office space, reach out to us—we’ve got over 20 years of experience and we are more than ready to share it with you! Contact us directly by calling (727)-201-3947 or check out our contact page to send us an inquiry. Want more landscaping ideas for your home, office space, and more? Keep up with our regularly updated blog here!