How to Use Planter Boxes in Commercial Locations

Posted by Jason Wyrwicz on Dec 30th 2019

Achieving the right balance of form and function can be a challenge in commercial locations. With their sleek design and overall function,  planter boxes are an easy way to make the most of the space in a stylish manner. For any commercial space to capitalize on this useful addition, there are a few considerations first. Here are a few tips to utilize this landscaping and décor option to reach its full potential.

yellow planter in front of an office door

Ways to Use Planter Boxes

It is important to note that there are a few different options for adding planter boxes to a commercial location. There is more than one way to use this décor element.

Line a walkway. An easy way to use box style planters is to line a walkway to create a pleasing landscaping feature. This gives paths a bit more definition and ups the aesthetic appeal of the space. It is also an easy way to add some fresh pops of color either by way of the planter or the plants to what would otherwise be a boring area of the business.

Highlight window ledges. In many commercial spaces, the windows are under-utilized as a design element. With a few well-placed planter boxes, a commercial location can highlight windows with a few beautiful plants. This method serves a few purposes such as highlight the windows from the outside for visitors to the business and adding an enjoyable ambiance for staff inside the building when they look out the window at the fresh pops of color in the planter. It can also be used as a privacy option to create a more secluded environment for certain commercial spaces.

Flank a doorway. While most commercial spaces utilize planter boxes for windows and walkways, they are also a stylish choice for flanking doorways. With the use of tall planter boxes placed on each side of the doorway, you can create an entrance that is pleasing to the eye and inviting for staff and visitors alike.

Direct traffic or flow.  Planter boxes are a great way to direct traffic flow in harder to direct areas. If your commercial space needs a way to set up a certain flow of foot traffic, planters can be placed creating a makeshift walkway to direct traffic. Planter boxes can also be used to block off an area that is restricted to visitors such as staff areas.

Use them indoors. While planter boxes are commonly used outdoors for landscaping for landscaping flourishes or walkways, the right planter box can be used indoors to great effect. When placed along walls or on long tables, these solutions can bring a breath of fresh air and much-needed style touches to any commercial space.

Tips on Choosing Planters

Now that you know how to use planters to the advantage of a commercial location, finding the right planter is the next step. These tips on choosing box planters will help you narrow down the choices when shopping.

Consider material. The material will determine how durable or long-lasting the planter box is which is always crucial. No business wants to constantly replace planters or display run down planters showing their age after a few months. It is important to keep in mind matters such as how much exposure the planter will get to elements like sun, heat, and moisture. For instance, metal planters are not as sturdy when exposed to the elements as a fiberglass option.

Look at shape and color. The matter of shape and color are important to help set a tone. If your commercial space is looking for a more subdued charm, stick to clean lines with minimal texture and more basic colors. For a fresh pop of color for a more modern approach, consider bright colors and planter boxes with more variation in their shape such as a raised square planter box.

Consider the root system and depth. When choosing planter boxes, you should always keep in mind the needs of the plants. Roots need room to spread to ensure a healthy, appealing plant capable of thriving. It is important to note that different flowers have different root system depths and this should be a factor when choosing planters. For instance, most perennials such as bulbs require a deeper pot with larger perennials requiring around 14 inches depth while smaller perennials require an approximate 8 inch depth.

Create a layout. When choosing planters, it is a good idea to keep in mind an overall layout. If you are looking to add just a few planters to line a walkway or flank the main entrance, it is always a best bet to look at other areas you can add additional planters of the same style and color. This will give a cohesive look to the location for an overall pleasing décor theme. If you can utilize planters in one area, then you can most likely utilize them in more than one area to up the vibe.

Popular Plants for Commercial Locations

The next step is to choose the right plants or flowers to fill out the planters. Keep in mind that you are free to mix and match flowers, provided there will be enough root spread room based on the depth of the planter chosen. These are some of the most popular plants for commercial locations:

  • Spider plant. This is a low maintenance choice that gives a wispy appearance and works well as a backdrop for more colorful plants.
  • Peace lily. A common choice for indoor use, these require little sunlight or water to flourish making them ideal for a low maintenance choice.
  • Sedum. Another low maintenance choice, this perennial attracts butterflies with its sweet smell and is quick to bloom each spring for a fresh pop of color.
  • Quartz rose verbena. A hearty option, quartz rose verbena grows well in full sun and offers pretty color.
  • Lantana. This option is ideal for both indoor and outdoor while offering vibrant color when in full bloom.
  • Endless summer hydrangea. This is a colorful choice with flowers varying in color from lime green to a vibrant pink.
  • Peony. This flower is a colorful and fragrant option that is low maintenance in terms of fertilization.
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