Better Homes & Gardens has some great articles this month with tips on how to make your home look great on the market! From flower beds to walkways, there’s sure to be something to give your home a boost. Here in Grand Rapids, we’re fortunate to have great greenhouses like our friends at Romence Gardens, who offer great advice and perennials that perform! Read B&H’s advice on Colorful Front Yard Garden Plans, Landscaping Ideas, Front Yard Secrets, and Clever Display Ideas for a home that will draw in visitors and offers! Or, read on for a sampling of their wonderful tips.
If your home is neutral in color, choose a limited color scheme for your landscape to add visual appeal. Rich purple plants are great choices for beige, gray, or white homes; soft yellow is a beautiful accent. For a bolder presentation, select red flowers and accent them with splashes of white blooms or silver foliage.
Stay with the Style
House color is an easy place to start for landscaping inspiration. But the architectural style may also provide ideas for plantings. For example, if you have a Victorian home as shown here, a formal garden with low clipped boxwood hedges would be a natural fit.
For a traditional-style home, the classic look — a white picket fence, tidy evergreen foundation plantings, and a few planters on the front porch — is a simple way to add landscape impact. If you want to take it up a notch, try growing clematis or climbing roses up a fence or plant flowering evergreen shrubs, such as dwarf rhododendrons, along the foundation.
Play up casual elements if you have a cottage-style home. Meandering paths, lush plantings, and bit of whimsy all contribute to a relaxed, cottage theme.
Pay Attention to Materials
After considering color and style, examine materials. Cedar siding looks great as a backdrop to a naturalistic landscape that utilizes native plants. Grasses tend to be particularly effective with wood tones because they echo the color in fall and winter.