If you have a garden, or are ready to start one, now’s the time to plan for it so you’re ready when it’s time to plant. Colorful gardens, whether a flower, herb or vegetable garden, add to your home’s curb appeal, which can add value to your home in the eyes of potential buyers.
Some of the latest trends in yard and garden landscaping also make for eye-catching curb appeal features. The front yard is no longer a place to just glance at as you enter your home, it’s a place for adding vibrancy and a bit of nature, mixed in with art and functionality. One of the most dramatic ideas gaining in popularity is a terraced garden. If you have a sloping front yard, you have the ideal landscape to create a sweeping entrance perfect for welcoming guests.
Sectioning off a terraced garden allows for a variety of plants in one area, each with its own patch. This can provide a unique color palette and design sure to catch the eye of visitors, including potential buyers.
Start with ground cover plants such as Lady’s Mantle, Butterfly Milkweed or Moss Phlox at the lowest terrace. Each of these provide green throughout the year with bright spring or summer flowers.
The next level, or two, could be ideal for a small vegetable garden. Romaine lettuce, bush beans and sweet peas each will add a different splash of color and make a wonderful addition to your salads later on.
Plant taller flowers such as sunflowers and gladiolus, on the upper terrace to provide a dramatic background for the entire garden. Make a splash by adding in a water feature, such as a small pond or fountain. Complete the terrace garden with a walkway along the sides or right down the middle, leading up to your front door.
This same idea can easily be used within a flat yard as well. Instead of keeping to a standard narrow flowerbed along the foundation of your home, incorporate native plants such as blue giant hyssop or eastern columbine, and herbs such as lavender, sage and rosemary, within artfully designed beds along the walkway or your driveway.
All of these ideas and more can be incorporated in both the front or back yard. Wherever you decide to update or plant a new garden, think about how the variety of plants can add color and curb appeal to get the most value for your efforts. You’ll enjoy the space more, and it could help sell your home. Find more inspiration and ideas with this list of 20 Landscaping Trends in 2018.
One other aspect to consider is whether you will plant your own garden or hire a professional landscaping service. Either option has its benefits, but if you’re ready for a bit of gardening DIY and are not sure where to begin, the Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum holds a variety of classes, including a great one for the start of a vegetable or herb garden on March, 11th, Grow Your Groceries: Starting with Seeds.
When you’re ready to sell your home, let me be your experienced Realtor®. My team and I are here to help you succeed through the entire process. Please contact me, Doug Tucker, directly. You can give us a call at (973) 539-6300, or send an email at Tucker@dougtucker.com, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.