When selling your home, first impressions are KEY for potential buyers. If your yard is full of weeds and overgrown, some buyers may not even want to try to go in the house. All it takes is a little TLC and you can have your yard looking like an HGTV landscaped yard! See some tips below:
When you’re ramping up your curb appeal, start with evergreens that give structure to your yard. Boxwoods make great foundation plants and come in many sizes, so you can also add them to beds and borders.
Mix in annuals and other plants with year-round interest, says Julie Arnold Camp, a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Metro Brokers in Atlanta. “Annuals give color during the length of the listing. Using pots is also a good idea to add seasonal color, or to add color to an area that has no interesting character.” Tip: flats of annuals are usually cheaper than individual plants.
Front Door Urns
For fast curb appeal, post urns on each side of your front door, and plant them with feathery-textured Pinpoint Blue false cypress. These evergreen shrubs grow into tall, narrow columns, so they won’t block your entrance. Here, they’re underplanted with ‘Spot On’ lungwort (Pulmonaria); the pink buds will open into blue flowers. The urns also hold yellow pansies, creeping phlox, calibrachoas Superbells Honeyberry and Shadowland ‘Autumn Frost’ hostas.
Stately urns or traditional stone and resin pots of flowers and foliage will catch a buyer’s eye, but they don’t suit every home style. Galvanized tubs, half barrels and other informal containers add charm to cottages, ranch houses, mountain retreats, log cabins, farmhouses and more. This blue-purple butterfly bush, Lo & Behold ‘Lilac Chip’ Buddleia, grows 18 to 30 inches tall and plays nicely with red Superbena Scarlet Star verbena and Superbells White calibrachoas. The butterfly bush is hardy in Zones 5-9, while the other plants are annuals in cold winter areas.
Tip: When combining plants, be sure they have the same basic needs for water and light.
Spectacular peonies, with their brilliant colors and huge flowers, bloom from spring into early summer. They’re old-fashioned curb appeal favorites that can grow in large containers with good drainage, raised beds or the landscape. These very long-lived plants don’t need much care and love full sun. To keep the flower show going, choose early, mid-season and late-blooming varieties. Courtesy of the National Association of Landscape Professionals and LoveYourLandscape.org. Peonies are sold at Lowe’s and many other online or brick-and-mortar garden centers and nurseries.
Tip: In the winter, gardeners in Zones 3-8 should move potted peonies into a spot that stays above freezing.
Don’t forget to see your mailbox as a potential buyer will see it. If it’s a plain Jane, dress it up with a mix of plants. Try evergreens like compact inkberry holly Gem Box, assorted perennials and colorful annuals like ColorBlaze Lime Time coleus or Luscious Berry Blend lantanas. Choose sun-lovers for a spot that gets full sun.
Tip: Avoid plants that need frequent watering, unless you have a faucet nearby