Outdoor dining is experiencing a renaissance as restaurants look for new ways to welcome customers. Many businesses are now investing in large patio seating areas that include decorative commercial planters and other features to make the space feel more like a natural oasis.
A whopping 88 percent of diners said they would prefer a restaurant based on a recommendation from friends and family over online reviews, so you must nail your decor if you want customers to become promoters.
The Top 5 Plants for Restaurant Decoration
Plants are extremely beneficial to a restaurant, whether for decoration or to improve air quality. But which one should you go with for your restaurant?
Here are some suggestions to get you started.
1. Violaceae and Lady Fern
'This is a fantastic winter and spring duo,' says expert gardener Sarah Raven. 'Both of these plants are hardy and will keep you going until the beginning of the next year.'
They are especially suitable for outdoor restaurant decor because violas are colorful and both are easy to grow.
Fast-growing garden varieties are mostly small-flowered annuals or short-lived perennials. Many will self-seed and provide you with years of enjoyment.
They are, surprisingly, edible, so feel free to use them as salad ingredients. They can also be candied to create a frosted effect and used to decorate cakes and other confections.
The lady fern
It is also known as the "female fern" because of its elegant and graceful appearance.
The attractive fern's individual frond stalks are a red to purple color. Finely textured, feathered fronds with a gentle green color grow up to 3 feet wide and 1 to 3 feet long. Lady fern gets its delicate, elegant appearance from its tiny, filmy leaflets.
2. Japanese maple trees
Japanese maple trees can be a striking focal point for your patio design, the ideal plant to set off a large container, or they can grow into an impressive bonsai specimen. Furthermore, because of their lovely appearance, they are well suited to northern regions.
There are hundreds of different types of Japanese maples to choose from. They come in a variety of sizes, with a wide range of leaf shapes and colors ranging from green to orange, red, purple, and variegated.
The majority of Japanese maples grow slowly to moderately, at a rate of 1 to 2 feet per year. They typically grow the fastest when they are young and then slow down as they mature. They also prefer bright light and thrive in it.
Tulips are available in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. You can't go wrong with tulips!
These brightly colored jewels should be planted in the fall so that they can brighten our days in early spring. They, for example, add an interesting texture to a green wall.
The most well-known meaning of tulips is perfect and deep love. Tulips are associated with the meaning of love because they are a classic flower that has been loved by many for centuries. So, what could be better than a fine dinner with a loved one next to these magnificent plants?
Begonias have been around for a long time, but why? This easy-to-grow annual does well in a variety of conditions and requires little to thrive.
There is no need for bright light because they can grow in low light conditions. They do, however, require rich, well-drained soil, plenty of water, and plenty of fertilizer to produce stunning flowers and foliage.
Begonias, with their many different shapes, sizes, and colors, have no trouble stealing the show on any restaurant patio.
The appearance of these small plants in garden centers in late spring, also known as zonal or regal geranium, appears to set off a planting frenzy that coincides with Mother's Day.
They're a must-have for hanging planters, summer bedding, and greenhouse displays. They have terminal clusters of flowers with 5 petals that can be shaped like saucers, stars, butterflies, trumpets, or funnels.
With their gorgeous green leaves and fabulous vibrant flowers, these summer beauties are not only bursting with color but also low maintenance, which is why they are so popular, especially among beginners. They, too, require direct sunlight to grow.
With these plants in your outdoor setting, you will stand out and impress customers!
6. Spider plants
Because of their low-light tolerance, spider plants are our favorite choice for restaurants and bars. It is one of the toughest indoor plants and most vibrant indoor specimens.
These plants thrive in bright light as well, but avoid placing them in direct sunlight as they may become scorched. They require water on a regular basis, so water them liberally.