Landscaping for curb appeal is at the top of many gardeners’ to-do lists. Maximizing the attributes of your yard and minimizing the problems to create a beautiful street side view doesn’t have to be difficult, scary, or expensive. Whatever your plant style or preference, the following tips will help turn your front yard into a beautiful and attractive place without breaking the bank or breaking your entire property.
Many people look at the page size or the shape and slant of the front page, but sometimes you can overlook an important piece of the puzzle: Your real home. The design and architecture of your home can be a real asset when you create a garden around it. For example, a cottage-style landscape complements a country or farmhouse look while a minimalist reserve garden will spark a more modern build.
Think About Proportions
If you have a large house with a flat front, the pretty little flowers are not your attractive plant. Instead, use plants and repetition (medium-sized shrubs to line a path, for example, or rows of shrubs) that are inspired and complement the shape and size of the house. You will immediately see the impact of plant grouping reflecting the shape and outline of the house and path.
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Use a secondary hardscape element to help increase curb appeal. Deep walkways, for example, offer the opportunity for wider flower beds as accents. Benches provide a gathering place for shrubs and perennials. Think about what’s in there (or what could be added) and how to highlight it.
Emphasize the Rite of Passage
Landscaping for curb appeal is ultimately about moving to the front door in a playful way. Try to make the transitions natural and intuitive, so guests know clearly where to go. That may include bends in the walkway (with doors still visible) or jars on either side of the curve.
Keep a Garden with Low Maintenance
Even if you love gardening and all your plants need to take care of, if you are planning to sell your home an intricate garden can be a negative for potential buyers. Potential homeowners who are not gardeners will be discouraged by large beds or plants that produce a lot of natural waste such as petals or seed pods. Keep it clean: Petunias that won’t stain the petals everywhere, for example, and shrubs that don’t need a lot of gentle care.
Think of the seasons
A landscape that is dormant in winter will look unattractive. The best curb appeal ideas include structural elements such as trees and shrubs, as well as materials that look great in spring, summer, fall, and winter.
You don’t have to start over to increase your attractiveness; You can effectively dress up the exterior of your home in a way that suits your style while also appealing to others by adding a few extra elements. Use your home as a base for a full garden which only adds to the beauty of the landscape.