With the autumn season officially here, your clients might be looking for some ideas and inspiration for fall landscaping ideas. With the fall being a time of year that many people embrace, they often want to get in the spirit by creating landscaping displays that highlight everything there is to love about the season. This is particularly true at commercial properties, where landscaping displays can draw visitors, residents, or guests in.
Joseph Barnes, marketing director for Yellowstone Landscape, a national landscaping provider headquartered in Bunnell, Florida, says that the front entrance is the most obvious and impactful area to consider fall landscaping ideas. This is where you’ll get the most wow factor and be able to create enticing aesthetic appeal.
But other locations on a commercial property that could benefit from fall landscaping include any employee gathering areas at office or building complexes, intersections that get a lot of car and foot traffic, and even building interiors such as lobbies.
“Any area that is a gathering space or that people tend to walk or drive by could be a good location for fall landscaping enhancements,” Barnes says.
It never hurts to make suggestions to property or facility managers who might be looking for some inspiration.
Incorporating fall flowers
There are a variety of flowers that can work well in a front entrance flower bed. While mums are valued for being hardy and available in a range of colors and are definitely a top pick, they aren’t your only choice, Barnes says.
“Ornamental kale or cabbage, various ornamental grasses, pansies, and violas are all popular fall flower choices and can work nicely with mums,” he says.
The addition of items like pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, and other fall décor is also a really simple upgrade that can have a big impact. Barnes says that most clients add these items themselves, but Yellowstone will also handle it if they get a special request.
Don’t forget that you can also incorporate container gardens to add fall color, Barnes adds. These can be propped up on haybales or added to ledges or retaining walls around the property. Fall container gardens are a great way to add color to an employee gathering area that is mostly hardscaping.
Adding interest inside, too
When your clients think of fall landscaping, they likely think of the exterior of their property. But adding some interest to the interior can go a long way.
“If your clients have a lobby, childcare drop-off, or a hang-out area, these are all great spots to add some potted mums or seasonal décor like pumpkins,” Barnes suggests.
While Yellowstone doesn’t necessarily handle interior work, they can set up these items on special request.
“This is something that is really easy for a facility manager to do and even if we don’t handle it, we might suggest it as an idea,” Barnes says. “It is a very simple way to brighten up a building whether it be a commercial office complex, a clubhouse at an HOA, or some other commercial property.”
Barnes says that Yellowstone Landscape is constantly thinking about their clients’ properties and how they can improve upon them—even if it’s in the form of making helpful suggestions. Clients see them as providing a lot of value by being helpful partners in keeping the landscaping looking its best no matter what the season.