When going over a landscape plan for your commercial business something that should be immediately brought up is the bloom schedule. Oftentimes this is referred to as the “sequence of bloom.” If a landscape is not done by a professional team with experience, ultimately you may have one beautiful week here and there and otherwise dead plants.
Since curb appeal is important to most businesses, having a bloom schedule so that the flowers and shrubs bud at different times is crucial to maintaining a classy look year-round.
Here are the basics that need to be covered.
Make a Schedule Chart
After you have taken the time to write down all the different kinds of flowers, trees, bushes, and more that you like, list them vertically one after another. Now on the horizontal line-up top list all the months in order.
From here you can write down how many weeks and when the plant will bloom. This will give you an idea of what plans make the most sense to keep and which ones you should trade out for something different.
Mix It Up
In order to have an effective bloom schedule, you not only need to mix up the type of plants you have added but you also need to consider different categories altogether. Rose bushes are going to have a completely different timeline than cherry trees. It’s also worth considering what type of plants do well in the climate they’re immersed in.
Does the soil work well with these types of plants? This is something that a professional landscaper should immediately know. That way the business doesn’t waste money on plants that won’t take with the soil in the first place.
Understand Successional Interest
Many amateur gardeners will interchange the sequence of bloom and successional interest. The difference to know is the sequence of bloom focuses just on the blooming part of the plant. Successional interest refers to color year-round. First instance fall foliage is not the same as blooming but it adds color to your landscaping as well.
What successional interest doesn’t really apply to is when everything starts to turn green again. This is likely when there is the least amount of variety.
Planning with Purpose
A business’ landscape and curb appeal can mean a great deal for that business. Since it’s unlikely to schedule all your meetings and guests in just two weeks of the year when booking, it is important to use the sequence of bloom and successional interest to keep color in your landscape year-round.
This means choosing from different plant categories because of their bloom schedule. While a company may just want rose bushes it’s best if a wide range of flowers, shrubs, and trees are chosen. Planning with a purpose is important because not everyone understands their climate and which plants will work and which will not. However, a good landscaping business should be able to help with this and provide year-round color and symmetry on your property.