Blog Contributed by Stephen McClain
Plant materials serve many functions on your commercial retail property. Plants create a visually appealing environment that draws visitors in, boosts curb appeal and increases property values. But don’t just think flowers and trees. Try something in-between. Shrubs provide incredible visual cues to any landscape design and can protect your property by providing shade and much-needed privacy. Shrubs are also a great way to define your property and space, whether by planting them along walkways or using them to anchor your existing plant design. We found four incredible shrubs that are hardy enough to withstand the Georgia heat and will look beautiful all year long. Whether you like cascading blue-green foliage; 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. Great Estates Landscape would love to meet with you to discuss your shrub and landscape design needs and give your property a much-needed makeover. But, first, here are our picks for the best shrubs for commercial properties.
Knock Out Roses
Want to add some pop and pizzazz to your entryway? 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. Did we mention the blooms? Knock Out Rose blooms are very colorful; ranging from 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 try ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas. This showstopper has a bright chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that hold bright and refreshing color right into autumn. Then the blooms undergo a metamorphosis and change into a rich, deep pink. ‘Limelight’ hydrangea flower heads range from 6 to 12 inches and they mix well in groups of plants, in perennial and shrub borders, as hedges or even in containers.
‘Morning Light’ Miscanthus
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 midveins 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.
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. It’s unusual clusters of pink fringe flowers bloom year-round, accompanying the shiny, ruby red young leaves.
‘Blue Cascade’ Dystilium
‘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. 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.
In addition to being a manager on the landscaping maintenance, installation and turf management team at Great Estates Landscaping, Stephen McClain is a sports fanatic who enjoys spending time in nature and doing outdoor activities with his family.
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