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Commercial entrance

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by guntruck, Sep 24, 2001.

  1. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Hello, i have a commerial property that we maintain and they want the garden at the main entrance to the rental office rearranged a bit. Right now they have ornamental grass like 4 feet high near the back (4-5 feet from the back), and behind that there are about 8 barberry shrubs, nice contrast but the grass is too high to even see the barbs. Im going to switch the two so the smaller barbs are in front of the tall grass (nice contrast i think). So now there is gonna be a row of grass in the back, then a row of barbs placed accordingly, then some liriope that they have there already, and then there is an open space about 8-9 ft by 4-5 ft that is empty and bare and we need something thats kind of low maintenance that looks real nice for there tenants. The annuals go in the very front and then this bare spot before the liriope takes hold then the barbs anbehind that the grasses to give you an idea. Any help would be appreciated i want to make this nice in hopes of getting the contract for 2002. Thanks again for any help!!
  2. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,073

    Maybe some Blue Star junipers to give some evergreen, lasting color.

    that, or rearrange the bed a little, place in a few rocks, and set a nice speciman in the middle, maybe a globe blue spruce, a weeping blue atlas, or other speciman type.

    if not those ideas, maybe a alternate pattern of little princess spirea and gold mound spirea.

  3. SpringValley

    SpringValley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147


    My partner (my wife) and I liked Steveair's suggestion of the blue star junipers. It would be nice to have something evergreen. If there are no overhead wires, a nice single trunk Heritage Birch would be a good focal point with some interest in the winter with peeling bark. That is my wife's preference. Along the evergreen route would also be the Hetz Globe Arborvitae for a maintenance free look that mixes your textures and shapes. You could also do a Canadian Hemlock for a focal point.

    Let us know what you decided and how it worked out.

    Matt & Lori:blob3: :blob1:
  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I like the above ideas and you could also consider some rudebekia, or black eyed susans to help with your contrasting grasses.
  5. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 661

    What about Helleri Holly? You can fill in the open space, have a low growing evergreen, contrasts great with the liriope and the barberry.
  6. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    Well guys its all been done now and they loved it. Actually all i did was bring the liriope down to fill the void, made the gardens the same size, and added a jap maple. The gardens are now very simple very clean, and the contrents contrasts quite well as the repitition. Thanks for the help everyone!!!! As always much appreciated.
  7. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,266

    Here are the pics of the garden. This is after the first day of work. We went back the following day and added red, white, and blue pansies tot he front bare sections. Mulch is very thing just to cover dirt. New mulch will be blown in next wee. We will post pics.

    http://members-http-2.rwc1.sfba.home.net/mane/mower/garden no flowers.JPG <br>
    http://members-http-2.rwc1.sfba.home.net/mane/mower/garden no flowers 2.JPG<br>
    http://members-http-2.rwc1.sfba.home.net/mane/mower/garden no flowers 3.JPG
  8. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 263

    Looks great, good job.

    Have you thought about continuing with the Liriope to fill out the beds?
  9. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    We planted red white and blue pansies there where the void is, and it turned out really well, the compliments keep coming in from the residents.

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