As a commercial landscaping company, we pride ourselves on being experts in the maintenance and enhancement of commercial landscapes. While performing these services is one half of the job, the other half is our relationship with clients, consulting them on how best to utilize their landscape for commercial purposes. Driving in new business is essential, whether the property hosts a retail center or office park. To do this the landscape needs to be enhanced with beautiful new installations that grab attention. Historically the most prevalent of these enhancements is flower installation, which is still a staple today. If you are considering planting flowers this spring, here are some top tips from the pros at OakLawn.

Perennial Flowers for Foundational Greenery

The most common type of plant material in general is perennial flowers. These are flowers that when planted last for many years, blooming in just one season. In the other seasons, they provide foundational greenery that takes up important aesthetic space. They are known for being easy to grow and requiring very little maintenance. Many are also more compact in their growth structure, allowing them to be planted in diverse areas. This makes them a “do it all” plant, especially when you follow our recommendation to select native varieties already accustomed to the local climate. 

flower line to the winners circle at the Preakness StakesAccompany With Annual Rotation

Along with the perennial flowers that provide a consistent foundation for your plant material, annual flowers provide seasonal excitement. These are flowers that go through an entire life cycle in just one season, coming in a wide range of attractive colors. Because of their life cycle, they will grow, bloom, and die in just one quarter of the year. This might seem annoying, having to replace annuals each season, but it is actually a huge benefit. Think of the replacement of these flowers as a rotation, choosing a new and exciting color for each season. This allows you to maintain a consistent theme throughout the landscape and prevents the property from becoming a bore.

Adding Flowers to Front EntranceFlower bed and fresh mulch at Preakness Stakes

Now that you know what type of flowers to plant, you need to know where to plant them. While you can always accent walkways, or create a community garden, our favorite place is the front entrance. This is where the most eyes will be and will maximize the return on your curb appeal investment. You should choose attention-grabbing colors, and vertically growing plants to provide a backdrop to your signage. These will let passersby know your investment in the landscape, which will create a positive impression of the property.

Use Mulch for Flower Health

In a blog we just published last month, we discussed the wide-ranging benefits of mulch in your landscape. These benefits all ring true, especially when it comes to the health of newly planted flowers. Mulch will regulate soil temperature, and keep weeds from stealing valuable nutrients. Make sure that whatever area you plant your flowers within is adequately mulched. Also, to be successful when planting flowers make sure to use all of these top tips from the pros.

Your landscaping is the first thing noticed by your visitors, friends, and customers. Let OakLawn Landscaping ensure that your first impressions are top-notch and have your guests in awe before they even reach the door. Visit our website, or contact us today at (301) 854-0684 for any of your landscaping needs, commercial or residential.

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