13 best plants for commercial landscaping

Jacaranda mimosifolia

13 best plants for commercial landscaping

The wise selection of plants can save money in commercial landscaping and add value to your business or public space.

A well-done commercial landscape can help create an inviting feel for visitors, a relaxing ambiance for your employees, and convey a level of success to people from outside of your company. A beautiful and elegant landscape can be created from many materials, including plants which are the key feature of any landscape. Several types of plants such as trees, flowers, shrubs, and grasses can be grown in the landscape to make it attractive. Plants brighten up spaces with beauty and warmth.

Ping pong tables and architectural concrete
Architectural concrete at Balwyn Communtiy Centre, concrete walls and stairs, with skate stoppers and tactiles. Fountain grass plantings soften the look of the in-situ concrete walls.

The best plants in the commercial landscape add colours and curb appeal any time of year. You need to take special care of many things before growing plants in your landscape. Thrive those plants which are durable and can withstand a lot of care. Includes those plants that do not require too much water or extra care. Thrive beautiful plants that draw attention. Include those plants that bloom all the year and ensure your commercial landscaping looks great. So here are the thirteen best plants which might be ideal for commercial landscaping.

  1. Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)

Fountain grass is a warm-season perennial ornamental grass native to Eastern Asia (China and Japan) and Australia. In the wind, this plant’s swinging leaves and flower spikes provide energy to your landscape. The deep green leaves make a dense but beautiful clump having 30cm – 1 metre in height.

plants for commercial landscaping. fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides
Pennisetum alopecuroides hameln cultivated foxtail fountain grass growing in the park, beautiful ornamental autumnal bunch of fountain grass is a great plant for commercial landscaping.

In the early stages, its growth is straight, but as the leaves mature, they arch like a fountain. The length and width of the long, tapering, lightly edged blade vary substantially among the cultivars. In autumn, the leaves turn orange bronze, eventually fading to a dull beige.

plants for commercial landscaping. fountain grass Pennisetum
Fountain grass (Pennisetum) is also great to grow along fences and near concrete footpaths.

 

The foliage remains fairly upright to provide some winter interest. Due to these qualities, it is also known as ornamental grass and a favourite for gardens. It can be used alone as a specimen plant or on the border alongside other perennials.

  1. Water gum of Kanooka Tristaniopsis laurina

Water gum (Tristaniopsis laurina) is a tree species native to Australia that belongs to the family Myrtaceae. These small trees are known for their easy care and slow growth rate. This plant is a very popular ornamental plant commonly used for landscaping.

Kanooka Gum Tristaniopsis laurina
Yellow flowers on a Kanooka Gum (Tristaniopsis laurina) tree growing in a garden

When young, water gum has a smooth bark, which becomes scaly at maturity. The leaves are glossy green above and lighter green on the underside and emerge alternately on the branches. The new branch has dark purple in the early stages, which later changes to tan-grey. The flowers are cream to orange-yellow, produced in short clusters in January and early February, which provide a dramatic effect when the tree is in full bloom.

plants for commercial landscaping. Tristaniopsis laurina luscious or Kanooka as an ornamental feature tree.
Tristaniopsis laurina luscious or Kanooka as an ornamental feature tree.

Naturally, it develops as a multi-trunked tree, but it can easily be trained to have a single trunk. It is useful for placing in narrow spaces. Due to these qualities, this tree is perfect for commercial landscaping.

Tristaniopsis laurina luscious is a new variety of popular water gum. It is a small evergreen tree with beautiful broad, deep green foliage that turns coppery-red when new growth emerges in the spring and summer. During the summer season, it also produces yellow flowers. Due to these brilliant features, Tristaniopsis laurina luscious is separate from other versions of this plant. This plant is an excellent natural alternative to the Magnolia plant because of its bigger leaves. This plant produces golden flowers with lovely fragrances during November and December. The new branches of Tristaniopsis laurina luscious develop a stunning red colour as they grow, which peels back to reveal a patchwork of mottled cream bark beneath the surface of the bark. Due to this character, it creates an excellent attractive point in your landscape. This plant thrives in full sun to partial shade conditions. Even though it can withstand frost and drought, it performs best in moist soil.

  1. Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

The crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is one of the most beautiful flowering shrubs/trees native to China and Korea.  It is cultivated in warmer climates around the world. Crepe myrtle needs full sun and soil that is well-drained and slightly acidic.

Lagerstroemia indica or crepe myrtle

They have dark green leaves with a red fringe upon opening. In the fall, leaves turn red, yellow or orange. Leaf type is simple, oval in shape, and venation is pinnate. The bark is smooth, thin and light brown. In the summer and autumn, bark peels show patches of new bark in shades of pink, cream, and orange.

crepe myrtle or Lagerstroemia indica
Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) in blossom..

 

Its branches develop an attractive pattern. The crepe myrtle flowers may be white, pink, lavender or red. The first bloom shows in early summer and continues to fall. Crepe myrtle is widely used in gardens and landscapes due to its low maintenance and attraction.

  1. Jacaranda Trees

Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) is deciduous to a semi-evergreen tree that typically grows to around 13 metres tall and spreads up to 9 metres. The main distinguishing feature of the jacaranda is its spectacular lavender-blue fragrant flowers, leading to its popularity as an ornamental tree.

plants for commercial landscaping. Jacaranda mimosifolia
Beautiful purple flower Jacaranda tree lined street in full bloom. Taken in Allinga Street, Glenside, Adelaide, South Australia.

 

The flowers appear in dense 15-25 cm terminal clusters with often the entire tree in flower, and later the ground turns blue as the flowers fall off. It is a fast-growing tree that can re-sprout if damaged. Jacaranda branches are arched, forming a canopy shaped like an upturned umbrella.

Jacaranda Mimosifolia
Close up of flowers of the tree Jacaranda Mimosifolia

 

The fern-like leaves, which can grow up to 20 inches in length, make the jacaranda tree an excellent shade. It is a fast-growing tree in a tropical environment gaining about ten feet a year in its first year of life. Due to these qualities, this lovely tree is best for your commercial landscape garden.

5. Myoporium parvifolium or creeping boobialla

Myoporium parvifolium, also known as creeping myoporum or creeping boobialla, is a quick-growing, sprawling, dense evergreen groundcover that grows 100mm to 300mm inches tall and spreads up to 1.5 metres or more well-branched stems and closely spaced narrow leaves. It produced white star flowers in the clusters at the tips of the branches during late spring and summer.

Myoporium parvifolium Creeping Boobialla Plants for commercial landscaping
Banded Bee Fly (Villini) sipping nectar from Creeping Boobialla.

This species is native to southern Australia’s hot and dry interior plains, which need full sun to partial shade. It can be used instead of grass to create the same design effect. It can be grown in a raised bed, on a slope, along with steps or in a landscape bed.

Myoporum parvifolium or creeping boobialla is a ground cover that makes life difficult for weeds.
Myoporum parvifolium, or creeping boobialla, is a ground cover that makes life difficult for weeds.

 

Creeping boobialla will also create blankets of foliage in and around shrubs and trees to unify the landscape. In commercial landscaping as well as residential landscaping, it is a great plant for suppressing weed growth.

Creeping boobialla can tolerate heat and frost and be sustained with low amounts of water.

plants for commercial landscaping.
Myoporum parvifolium is a great plant for saving water and suppressing weeds in commercial landscaping.

 

  1. Lomandra Plants

Lomandra, also known as mat rushes, is an Australian native clumping plant. It is an evergreen perennial plant with long, narrow, medium green coloured strap-shaped leaves that arch over gracefully and have a toothed leaf tip that arises from a central stem-less base and thick woody rhizomes and fibrous roots.

The green lomandra makes a great contrast with this grey stone wall.
The green lomandra mass planting makes a great contrast with this grey stone wall.

 

Lomandra produces interesting small flowers in the spiny cluster during spring into summer. These flowers are pleasantly fragrant, particularly in the late afternoon. They are elegant native grass, growing in large rounded open tufts, like a green fountain or firework. Due to their round, the symmetrical shape it is ideal for single planting, as an accent plant in the centre of the bed or the middle of the lawn.

Lomandra Hume Global Learning
Lomandra Hume Global Learning

They are ideal for preventing erosion and getting a toe held on sloping sites and uneven locations. Lomandra is typically very hardy and will tolerate most growing conditions from extreme wet to drought.

  1. Olive Trees

Olive trees are one of the oldest cultivated trees globally, not only for their flavorsome fruit but also for their many ornamental features. Olive trees make excellent focal points to the Mediterranean style landscape design. The beauty of the olive tree has been praised for thousands of years. The olive tree is a slow-growing evergreen.

Landscaping with olives in pots on a white balcony.
Landscaping with olives in pots on a white balcony.

The height of the olive tree ranges from 2 to 12 meters and contains numerous branches. The leaves are small, round-headed, leathery and dark green above and silvery on the base. Olive trees produce small whitish flowers in loose clusters in the axil of leaves during late spring. The olive trees work well-bordering entryways, driveways, pathways, patios, and pools in landscaping design. Due to the unique branching shapes of the olive tree, you can easily create a distinctive landscape.

 

  1. Salvia Plants

Salvias, also known as ornamental sage, better known as salvia, comes in more than 900 varieties of every size and shape, whether as tender annuals or hardy herbaceous perennials. Salvias offer colourful flowers, and some also have attractive foliage.

Blue salvia, blue sage flower, salvia farinacea, mealycup sage,
Blue salvia, blue sage flower, salvia farinacea, mealycup sage,

Most salvias are easy to grow, drought-tolerant, bloom abundantly and look gorgeous in the landscape. The variety of flower colours, sizes and long bloom times make salvias perfect additions to perennial borders. Salvias play well with plants having bolder foliage and larger flowers.

Salvia leucantha purple flowering shrub
Salvia leucantha is a purple flowering shrub growing to around 1 metre tall.

Plant salvias with pleasantly scented foliage near the edge of a path or patio to enjoy the fragrance. Some salvias are late blooming and make a glorious autumn display. The drought-resistant nature and low maintenance of salvia make them a perfect choice for an easy-care landscape.

For commercial landscaping, it is important to avoid toxic plants. Salvias are an excellent choice for both commercial landscaping and landscape design of pet friendly gardens.

  1. Westringia Plants

The Westringia genus includes a broad range of native Australian plants that may be used for various purposes, from ground cover to colourful formal hedges, box gardens, retaining walls, or as an ornamental shrub. For many years, the bushy aspect of Westringia will be retained without the development of a woody appearance.

Close-up of Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ Coastal Rosemary flower.
Close-up of Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ (Coastal Rosemary) flower.

 

 

plants for commercial landscaping White flowers of Westringia fruticosa
White flowers of Westringia fruticosa

 

The blue gem is one of the most common flowering westering. It is a beautiful blue and purple flower that will completely change any garden edging or retaining wall with its beauty.

This plant results from controlled breeding activity undertaken by the University of Sydney’s plant breeding institute by crossing two hybrids, westringia x2003.9.1 x W. x2003.9.3. This westringia flowers all year, although it is very abundant in the spring. It can withstand cold and drought, but it dislikes damp feet, so ensure the soil is properly drained. It may be trimmed once or twice a year to keep it dense and achieve the desired form, making it suitable for any landscape or flower garden.

  1. Melaleuca Plants

The Melaleuca is a genus of flowering evergreen shrubs and trees native to Australia. It is a member of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. For screening, Melaleuca spp. are often planted as ornamentals for their interesting bark and their attractive flower.

 

Melaleuca leucadendra
Melaleuca leucadendra is a great screening plant.

The small crown and unique bark have made it a popular ornamental tree. It is also cultivated for erosion control, windbreaks and watershed cover. Its white papery bark resembles birch, and its white flower clusters resemble a bottlebrush.

plants for commercial landscape design
Plants for commercial landscape design. Weeping paperback Melaleuca Leucadendra around a public boardwalk.

 

There are few varieties of Melaleuca that can be grown as a garden plant. Which includes Melaleuca hypericifoliaMelaleuca armillarisMelaleuca thymifoliaMelaleuca leucadendra etc. All these varieties are ideal for your landscape in Australia.

Plants for commercial landscape design. Tea tree. Melaleuca alternifolia
Plants for commercial landscape design. Tea tree. Melaleuca alternifolia.

 

  1. Pink Flowering gum hybrid Plants Corymbia hybrid (summer beauty) 

Corymbia hybrid (summer beauty) flowering gum is a magnificent tiny tree that produces clusters of brilliant pink to apricot coloured flowers throughout the summer, with spot flowering at other times of the year. They are the most appealing and fragrant flowers in the garden, attracting pollinators and animals (birds and parrots), followed by ornamental gum nuts.

Stunning Pink flowering gum.
Stunning Pink flowering gum.

It has huge glossy dark green leaves with a pale green underside and reddish new foliage throughout the spring and summer months. As a result, it has become one of the most often planted landscape and garden trees and is recognized as a fantastic addition to any landscape. It can be multi-trunked but is always pruned early on and encouraged to grow a single trunk. It grows on sandy soil in low-lying areas of upland or woodland.

The grafted hybrid varieties Corymbia Summer Beauty and Corymbia Summer Red. These plants are specially bred for your home garden by crossing the  Corymbia ficifolia with the swamp bloodwood Eucalyptus ptychocarpa. The result is a tree better suited to the wet and humid Melbourne summers.

  1. Plants for commercial landscaping Waterhousea floribunda 

 

It is a medium to a large evergreen tree that originated in the Eastern Australian rainforests and is now frequently planted as an ornamental. It has a thick, round crown and is becoming more popular as an ornamental. It has a lovely weeping habit covered in rich, evergreen leaves. It is a great screening plant for both commercial landscapes and residential landscapes.

 WATERHOUSEA floribunda weeping lillypilly
Waterhousea floribunda – weeping lilly pilly

The older leaves are dark green, lance-shaped, and have a wavy edge, whilst the fresh leaves are lighter in colour and may have a soft pink colour. Clusters of tiny, fluffy, fragrant white flowers occur throughout the spring until mid-summer. They are followed by berries that are light pink or white.

Although it enjoys direct sunlight and wet soils, it can survive mild shade and periods of drought. It can withstand urban environments and thrives like a street or park shade tree. It’s also used for informal hedging and screening.

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  1. Australians are plant. and garden lovers. According to a survey about 90% Australians are engaged with gardens which is a big proof. With the help of this plants people in Australia can get idea that what to plant and where to plant?.

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