5 Landscape Design Tips for Small Businesses

Landscaping improves the curb appeal of any building. However, there are some things you may add to your home backyard that may seem out of place in the office garden. Before you design the office landscape, develop a plan. The strategy should have plant recommendations and a cost estimate of the project.

1.    Outdoor Lounge

Create a shady lounge area for employees to sit and enjoy nature. You can complement the sitting area with a gazebo and park benches. If your office doesn’t have a backyard, you can convert the rooftop into an outdoor lounge. If space has a wide shade to protect the furniture from the rain, you can add comfy lounge sofas. Add artificial grass turf for the rooftop outdoor lounge for class.

2.    Colorful First Impressions

Imagine the first thing visitors will see when they come to your office. They will see the signage and outside environment. Add some color by planting flowers at the entrance. Also, include short native trees because they are easy to maintain. If the office building is tall, consider towering trees instead of bushes to make them more visible. However, don’t block the office signage with vegetation.

Adding color to the entrance makes the office more cheerful and welcoming. It will instantly improve the moods of those that visit you.

In addition, remember to change the flowers every season. You can plant yellow mums in autumn and tulips for spring.

3.    Think About Wildlife

As you design the office landscape, consider wildlife. Your garden should consist of a mixture of flowers to encourage pollination and attract bees and birds. Add bird feeding stations to encourage birds to explore your garden. The bird sounds will be soothing to workers and visitors.

You can include a private pond for aquatic wildlife. Think about the croaking frogs that will explore your pond. The tiny lizards that will run around the pond. The melodious sounds of nature and wildlife will be a welcomed getaway for workers.

As you consider these additions to your landscape design, don’t forget about cost. Choose plants and accessories that won’t be high maintenance. Go for easy water features to fix and maintain.

4.    Uniformity and Connection

The design of the office building should match the landscape. One shouldn’t dominate the other. Instead, the trees and flowers should complement the architecture.

There should be uniformity so that you don’t confuse visitors. Don’t have them second-guessing what your business does.

Develop a theme for your landscape. The concept should correspond with your business goals and company principles. For example, if your company serves an international audience, you can include some exotic plants in your landscape to show you understand where the audience comes from.

5.    Have a Centerpiece

At the center of your garden, install a sculpture or a set of outdoor water fountains. It will make the landscape more interesting. People will want to be there and just experience the calm.

The centerpiece will also captivate passers-by and improve your brand’s image. Your company will always be associated with the beautiful garden. In addition, the external appearance creates a perception of organization and professionalism. Visitors will assume your business is as ‘perfect’ as the landscape. As a result, they’ll want to be associated with your brand.

Alternatively, you can install a fitness trail to encourage workers to be healthy. This design goes well with an industrial-type office building because of all the metal materials involved.

To conclude, use the following landscape design tips for your office. They will make your brand look more appealing and welcoming. A well-manicured office garden or lounge can also help to improve worker morale and productivity.

Brett Sartorial

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