For many gardeners, using native plants is an excellent go-to and when it comes to your commercial landscape, the benefits are ten-fold. While you want beautiful plants and scenery that create an inviting environment for your clients, customers, and employees, you’re also wanting to keep costs and maintenance down.
Using native plants in your commercial landscape is the best way to cut down on water usage, trimming, upkeep, etc. And it’s much easier on the environment.
We’ve collected a list of the best native plants for your St. Louis area landscape. Chances are, you’ve seen these around town already:
— Prairie Dropseed
A prairie grass, Dropseed grows to around 2 to 3 feet once reaching full maturity. Comfortable in full sun and little water, this a great low maintenance option for your commercial landscaping needs. While hardy, Dropseed still has an elegance to it and is often used as a border plant. Its fine stalks sway in the wind and the foliage turns into a golden color in the fall. Dropseed is also known for being bird resistant.
This shrub reaches 3 to 4 feet tall and is known for being cold tolerant. If you’re looking for a thicker type of border for your commercial landscaping needs, Wintergreen Shrubs could be a great option for you. Since they do not lose their leaves in the winter, this greenery can be a permanent installation that customers can enjoy all year.
— Evergreen Azalea
These Azaleas get to 2 to 3 feet high upon reaching full maturity. If you’re wanting to attract hummingbirds and butterflies for a sitting area, this azalea is a great option. The Evergreen Azalea is often used in a hedge formation and its flowers bloom into beautiful reddish-purple hues.
— Eastern Redbud
The Eastern Redbud is a tree that can grow up to 30 feet high. This tree will begin flowering at a young age, making it a cost-effective tree that returns on its investment early on. This redbud also naturally grows into a graceful rounded, vase shape, which limits the maintenance needed.
— False Rue Anemone
The False Rue Anemone is a native plant that attracts bees and typically grows to 5 to 6 inches tall. This plant also tolerates seasonal flooding, which is optimal for a low-lying area around your commercial building that’s prone to flooding. The False Rue Anemone will sometimes bloom in winter and continue that bloom into spring, adding variety to your garden beds.
St. Louis is lucky to have such a diverse and rich ecosystem of plants that already flourish in the area. There are so many options for great native plants that will grow wonderfully in your commercial landscape for any season or all seasons. If your commercial property requires professional assistance to utilize these native species, contact Bluegrass Landscape & Snow Management. Well versed in native species and non-native species alike, Bluegrass will take an assessment of your property and chooses exactly the right greenery to fulfill your landscaping goals.