Whether you are selling your house or trying to make a new house feel like a home, the landscaping is just as important as the interior. Curb appeal can play a huge factor in making your home appealing to buyers. Think about it, would you rather purchase a house with a plain yard or a home with beautiful flowers outlining the pathway to the door? And what better time than fall to start designing? The leaves are changing, rich colors are in season and the weather is perfect for yard work!
Make a plan
The first step to accomplishing anything is creating a game plan. What do you want your garden oasis to look like? You’ll want to pick colors to compliment the exterior of your home and a design that fits your lifestyle. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can fill your garden with various flowers that might require more maintenance, or you can choose an easier design filled with colorful leaves! Here is our Pinterest board “Keep Calm and Garden On” for inspiration!
What to look for
On your nursery hunt to find your dream garden, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. It is important to pick the healthiest plant you see so they will last longer and bloom beautifully. The most important tip to keep in mind, however, is to look at the plant tags. These will tell you the plant name, the height and the instructions for planting. Looking at these tags can tell you whether you want each plant or not. If you already have a lot of trees in your yard creating shade, you don’t want to buy a flower that requires “full” sun. If you want a few short plants to line up your pathway, you don’t want a plant that could grow up to three feet tall. The back of the plant tag should inform you of the plant’s habits, water needs and care routine.
Plot, water and GO
Plants need plenty of space to grow as well as water to help them bloom! Make sure you have set aside enough room for each plant by looking at the labels to help you determine how much room they need, and have a sprinkler system set in place. This fall project is designed to make your home more appealing, not more stressful; sprinklers set to a timer will ensure your plants get all the TLC they need!
There are a few favorite plants to bring out during the fall that everyone loves:
- Chrysanthemum, commonly known as the garden mum, is the typical flower arrangement you see at pumpkin patches to fill the garden with warm red, orange and yellow tones!
- Believe it or not, decorative flowering cabbage and kale can be a great, easy yard addition! Typically white or a deep purple, they can add color and design that is easy to maintain and can provide side dishes for Thanksgiving! 😉
- Helenium, otherwise known as Sneezeweed, will provide that bright orange look to brighten any yard!
- Perhaps the easiest plant to maintain during the fall is the Goldenrod. It doesn’t have strict sun or watering needs, and it gives a romantic gold field look to make it really feel like fall.
Although pumpkins may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about yard flowers, these are the perfect accessory to your home! Most communities have local pumpkin patches filled with all different colors and sizes. Picking pumpkins can turn into a fun family event; take pictures of the kids at the pumpkin patch, and let them pick where they’ll go in the yard! Pumpkins come in orange, dusty blue and white colors that will add charm to any yard or doorstep as the finishing touch.
We would love to see how you decorated your yard this fall! Please comment with the flowers you used or add a picture below. Happy gardening!