Enriching your company’s property with a few carefully selected foundation plants can elevate the look of your property beyond your wildest imagination. There are several benefits to planting them near the building’s walls or windows, too, from covering utility fixtures to adding curb appeal.

On that note, the idea behind this article is to help you find the best foundation plants for commercial landscaping – plants that will be relatively easy to maintain, and won’t interfere with walkways and windows, and at the same time, add natural beauty and an aesthetic touch, and increase the value of your property.

1. Japanese Maple Trees

The Japanese Maple trees are a striking centerpiece for any landscaping design thanks to their graceful beauty and long-lasting color in a variety of warm red, orange, and yellow hues. So, if you want to combine the visual appeal with the usual shade benefits that trees bring to the landscape, we’re pretty sure that nothing beats Japanese Maple in that department. It’s virtually unbeatable when it comes to adding finesse and a pop of color to your outdoor commercial landscape.

5 Best Foundation Plants For Commercial Landscaping (As Told By Landscaping Experts)

That said, talk to an expert to figure out which varieties will work best on your property, based on size and growing conditions.

2. Dwarf Alberta Spruce

If you’re interested in small evergreen trees, the Dwarf Alberta Spruce is an excellent choice and one that thrives in both planting beds and pots alike. Although it boasts a classic (although miniature) Christmas tree shape with soft, bright green needles, it’s not uncommon to find it available in various forms and striking silhouettes, too. It is a low-maintenance option for landscaping, but it does prefer full sun, so keep that in mind before you opt for adding Dwarf Alberta Spruce to your company’s garden.

5 Best Foundation Plants For Commercial Landscaping (As Told By Landscaping Experts)

3. Boxwood Plants

Widely used in both commercial and private gardens alike, Boxwood is easily one of the most popular shrubs when it comes to landscaping designs, and with good reason, too. Rich, year-round foliage, a high tolerance for pruning, and the ability to grow in both partial shade and direct sun make it much more versatile than other shrub varieties you might be considering here.

5 Best Foundation Plants For Commercial Landscaping (As Told By Landscaping Experts)

They’ll add structure during the cold winter months, act as a dark backdrop for your blooming perennials during the summer, and ease the fall transition in the garden when flowers and perennials begin to die back, and the beds are left bare. Plus, they add an elegant accent to the rest of your commercial landscape.

4. Blue Oat Grass

If you want to make a real visual impact, ornamental grasses are the way to go. Don’t confuse them with the grass used for lawns as ground covers, though – these decorative beauties are meant to grow! Once you step into the world of landscaping with ornamental grasses, you’ll be amazed at the varieties, shapes, colors, and sizes. However, Blue Oat Grass has to be one of our personal favorites for foundation plantings on commercial properties.

5 Best Foundation Plants For Commercial Landscaping (As Told By Landscaping Experts)

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It offers excellent texture, adds motion to any landscape, and an overall charming touch to any surroundings. Whether you decide to place it along walkways, the building’s exterior walls, or besides small bodies of water, its silver, and blue blades are sure to bring the rest of the plants together and turn some heads.

5. Hostas

You may consider Hostas to be too simple or too typical for commercial landscaping, but they’re an excellent option, nonetheless, especially when you’re looking to add some color to it. Don’t overlook the opportunity to introduce various shades of greenery into the landscape’s color – sometimes that’s more than enough to transform your company’s surroundings.

5 Best Foundation Plants For Commercial Landscaping (As Told By Landscaping Experts)

They come in several different shades of green, going from golden hues with white edges to deep blue ones with textured leaves. Whatever you choose, it will be an excellent addition to walkways or sides of the building. Oh, and it pairs rather well with the Japanese Maple trees mentioned earlier, too!


Figuring out the best foundation plants for commercial landscaping might seem like a daunting task at first, especially if you’re trying to do it all by yourself. Hiring the right help can make the process a lot less complicated, though.

That’s why it’s highly recommended to leave the design and landscaping to the experts – the Danshap Vancouver Company. Get in touch with them, and discuss the landscaping options for your commercial property with their professional team of contractors today.