Time to treat your commercial property to a refresh! Maintaining your business’s beautiful landscape can be a time-consuming process, but with the right low-maintenance plants, you can cut that time to almost zero—and boost your business’s curb appeal in the process!

Establishing a low-maintenance landscape plan for your commercial property will save you time, money, and effort on ongoing maintenance. The key to success is determining which low-maintenance plants will boost your curb appeal and thrive in your USDA Growing Hardiness Zone.

Flowers for Minnesota Business Landscaping

Flowers bring vibrant pops of color that draw the eye and enhance your commercial property’s curb appeal. Perennials are plants that live more than two years, and they’re often a go-to for businesses. These inviting, cheerful flowers bring reliability by coming back year after year. 

Some of the best low maintenance flowers for your business’s landscaping include:

  • Artemisia
  • Allium
  • Catmint
  • Coneflower
  • Daylily
  • Hardy Hibiscus
  • Hollyhock
  • Hosta
  • Sedum
  • Peony
  • Yarrow

The Best Trees for Commercial Properties

Commercial properties often choose a selection of low-maintenance trees to serve as focal points throughout their landscape. They provide shade for parking lots, benches, and tables and are sometimes strategically placed to cover unsightly objects, like AC units or trash cans. Consider varieties like:

  • Bur Oak
  • Ginkgo
  • Northern White Cedar
  • River Birch
  • Serviceberry
  • White Fir

Ornamental Grasses for Your Minnesota Business

Low-maintenance ornamental grasses are versatile landscaping choices with unique color palettes that can add texture to your commercial landscape. They’re resilient to pests and disease, and most can adapt to Minnesota’s fickle seasons.

  • Aureola (Japanese golden forest grass)
  • Boulder blue (fescue)
  • Heavy metal (switch grass)
  • Karl foerster (feather reed grass)
  • North wind (switch grass)
  • Prairie dropseed
  • Prairie fire (switch grass)
  • Purpurascens (flame grass)
  • Silberfeder (silver feather grass)
  • Variegata (variegated moor grass)

Low-Maintenance Landscaping with Evergreen Shrubs and Bushes

Evergreen shrubs and bushes maintain aesthetic curb appeal throughout winter and require little to no maintenance for trimming.

  • Arborvitaes
  • Barberry
  • Boxwoods
  • Burning Bush
  • Coral Bells
  • Dogwoods
  • Fothergilla
  • Junipers
  • Pine
  • Spruce
  • Yews

Ground Covers and Rock Gardens for Businesses

Rock gardens are ideal for large areas and don’t require a top dressing. They require little follow-up maintenance with the exception of minimal weed removal before your accompanying plants begin to grow. Common low-maintenance ground cover plants fill the gaps between the rocks, including:

  • Alyssum
  • Bunchberry
  • Hen-and-chicks
  • Ice plant
  • Phlox (these also come in annual varieties)
  • Sedum

Native Plants for Minnesota Businesses

Minnesota’s harsh weather conditions make it difficult for some plants to thrive. Plants native to Minnesota and neighboring states have proven they have what it takes to withstand the challenging seasons:

  • American cranberry bush
  • Purple prairie clover
  • Red maples
  • Wild geranium

For more information on how to create and implement your commercial property’s low-maintenance landscape plan, contact Land Concepts. Our experts have been helping business owners build and maintain their commercial properties for years.