6 Landscaping Ideas to Update Your Commercial Property

If you are updating your commercial property’s landscape or designing it for the first time, you know how important it is to make an impression on those that are visiting your organization. The landscape surrounding your building is one of the first impressions people have. That’s why it’s necessary to consider how you can use your landscape to reflect how you want your organization wants to be perceived.

Here are a few tips to help you use landscaping to reflect your brand.

Beautify Your Signage

If you have an entry sign or roadside sign, use landscaping that will accentuate and elevate it. This will catch the eye of passers-by, making sure your business stands out and your clients find you easily. As it’s most likely the first thing that visitors will see, make sure it’s big, visible and attractively highlighted within the landscape.

Choose Colours That are On-brand

If you have signature colours, adding a few splashes throughout your flower beds is a great way to connect the landscape to your brand. It will also help you stand out from your neighbours. Be sure to choose flowers that not only fit with your brand colours, but also your soil and light conditions so they look great all season.

Use Design to Draw Traffic

Your landscape is a great way to naturally direct traffic coming onto your property. Use it to direct visitors to your main entrance, for example, or to guest parking areas. An easy way to direct traffic with landscape elements is to plant shrubs or trees in rows that lead the eye (and the visitor) to their proper destination, whether that’s a parking lot of the front door. You can also use retaining walls or hedges to draw visitors away from areas you don’t want them to go, or for areas that are for employees only.

Work With the Existing Architecture

Make sure your overall design compliments your building. For example, if you have a wide entranceway or statement windows, use the landscaping to highlight these features. if you have a modern, sleek and minimal design, avoid intricate elements that will compete for attention. Allow your landscape to accentuate your building’s best features and avoid creating landscaping elements that will compete with them.

Consider Your Company’s Values

When designing for your commercial landscape, ask yourself how you want it to reflect the company’s values. If you want to promote your organization as environmentally friendly, select native sustainable plants and incorporate green features like rainwater reclamation or solar panels. If you are trying to reflect professionalism, ensure lawns and flower beds are professionally maintained and well-groomed.

Your commercial landscaping dollars are well spent when you choose landscape design services from Okanagan Yard Works. Give us a call today to see how we can work with your team to ensure your commercial real estate makes a statement.

Restaurant Landscaping – Using Greenery to Attract Customers

If your restaurant is looking for ways to drive more customers to your door or increase sales, turn your gaze outwards and consider how you can landscape your way to bigger monthly sales figures.

Landscaping is one of the first attractions potential customers will come into contact with and the more welcoming you can make it, the more likely you are to attract more foot traffic and visitors. Creating an ambiance that welcomes customers to relax and kick back will often entice them to spend just a bit more money as they enjoy their time at your establishment.

Here are a few ways you can use landscaping to invite your clients to stop and stay a while.

  1. Use greenery as your greeter

Look at your entrance and see if there are ways to introduce greenery into the equation, even if it is just a few planters. Consider a bench as well, when you are reworking your entrance design, and accent it with greenery and flowers as a way to invite customers to wait out a line-up.

  1. Create a garden oasis to fill your patio

Patios offer up a wonderful chance to attract foot traffic. Whether your outdoor space is small or large, there are many ways to introduce plants and natural design elements that will make your guests feel at home. Consider a garden border, incorporate plant elements into your retaining wall, or use trellises and climbing vines to create a “closed in” feeling that makes a visit feel private and intimate. You may also want to consider a fire pit for a chill vibe or a water feature to add calming ambiance to the space.

  1. Grow your greens on-site to jazz up your menu

Whether you have limited or limitless space, consider adding edible greens to your patio or planting a small plot of herbs and vegetables on your roof or close to your restaurant. Herbs and lettuces can be added to your menu and growing them in-house can be a huge selling point for those who are fans of the farm-to-table concept. It’s not just vegetables or herbs that can make an appearance on your menu. You can even use edible flowers as garnishes in cocktails or on your plates to add a signature twist to any menu item.

  1. Use seasons to introduce variety to your decor

As the seasons change, so should your patio. Choose plants with seasons in mind and update your planters as holidays come and go. This will give your restaurant a chance to show off its personality while looking and feeling current and festive.

When you’re ready to re-imagine your restaurant patio and green space, ensure that your landscaping dollars are well spent with landscape design services from Okanagan Yard Works.  Give us a call today to see how we can turn your dream property into a reality!