Adjacent to the preserved wetlands, oak woodlands and Highway 50, the planting takes
on a native appearance, with heavy use of ornamental grasses. The boundary between
the traditional landscape areas and the wilder plantings sweeps through the Folsom
Gateway retail center west to Kaiser Permanente, about one mile away. These drought
tolerant plants significantly reduce water usage.
Much of the planting between the buildings and Iron Point Road is simple with a traditional
corporate character. This landscaping provides a reasonably lush appearance while
requiring only moderate amounts of supplemental water.
Building Five was completed in early 2009. A pocket of more traditional ornamental
plants meanders around the Highway 50 side of the building to accent the entry. Society
Garlic and Red Flower Carpet Roses provide seasonal color through the summer and
Other portions of the Building Five parking fields are planted with a wide variety
of ornamental grasses and plants with a native character. While relying solely on
native plants is appropriate in some situations, mixing in tough plants from similar
Mediterranean climates improves the sustainability of landscaping in difficult environments,
such as parking lot planters.