Not only does good landscaping add some serious value to your home but it also directly influences whether or not your home sells. Up to 60% of potential home buyers believe that a well-landscaped yard influences their home-buying decisions.
Of course, when you’re spending between $5,000 to $10,000 on improving your home as most homeowners do, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. That said, how do you make the most of your home’s landscaping design to add the most value? How do you choose which plants to incorporate into your yard? Here’s how to make the most of your home’s curb appeal.
Consider the style of your house
One of the best ways to narrow down your options when choosing which plants to include in your yard is to look at the style of your house. For instance, minimalist gardens compliment modern houses while cottage-style landscaping with curving paths and flowerbeds compliments a country-style home or farmhouse.
Remember the importance of proportion
Flowers, plants, and shrubs come in an assortment of sizes. It’s important to choose plants that meet the proportions of your home. Small flower beds may add curb appeal to a ranch house or small colonial home, but they would look awkward outside a large house. Instead, if you have a large home, create layers using a row of midsize shrubs followed by bushier groups of flowers. A plant grouping that reflects the lines and shape of your house creates an immediate impact.
Know where to position your plants
It’s a good idea to plan out where you’ll be putting your plants before you pick them out. This way, you can determine which plants will work best in that part of your yard. For instance, if the area of your yard where you plan to plant your flowers and shrubs gets direct sunlight, it’s recommended to choose flowers that thrive in direct sunlight. This ensures that you don’t accidentally cook your plants.
On a similar note, you want to keep your plants away from your gutter systems to keep excess water from drowning your landscaping. An inch of summer rainfall pours nearly 1,500 gallons of water onto your roof, and that amount of water can instantly kill your flower beds if you plant them in the wrong spot. Not only that, but it can ruin your roof. Make sure you’re having your roof and gutters inspected at least once annually, as well.
Give your garden some structure
Flowers are a great way to add curb appeal. However, before you start picking out which flowers to incorporate into your garden, make sure to give your yard some structure with evergreens. Boxwood shrubs are ideal for foundational plants because they come in different sizes. You can add them to your flower beds or along the border of your house.
Consider plants for year-round curb appeal
Many gardeners choose to plant both annuals and perennials in their yard so ensure their landscaping has plenty of color and visual appeal throughout the year. To get the most bang for your buck, choose plants that keep your home looking great even when flowers aren’t in bloom. And if you’re part of the population that’s 65 or older, it’s a great way to minimize the time you spend straining yourself in the garden.
Shrubbery such as nandina, or heavenly bamboo, can be a great option for year-round curb appeal. These shrubs bloom with white flowers in the spring and display red berries in the fall. Hydrangeas, azaleas, and daylilies also make for great flower options.
Great landscaping is one of the best ways to add value to your home, but it’s important to keep the mechanics and functionality of your landscaping in mind before you begin planting flowers and shrubs. By following the tips above, you can make the most out of your home’s curb appeal and get the most bang for your buck.