What to Plant Now to Maximize Your Curb Appeal This Summer

by Alex ThatcherApril 26, 2017

Getting the Most From Your Green Thumb

If you’re hoping to sell your home during the busiest real estate season of the year, summer, then you’re probably already hearing from your real estate agent that you need to do something about your “curb appeal” fast. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to get plants in the ground that will turn your house from too plain to almost too beautiful by the time the buyers start flocking.

Depending on the area of the country where you currently live, the prime time for planting may have already passed or may not have come yet. With some general ideas about what you’re looking for and the free advice of your local landscaper, landscape architect, or nursery worker, you can be on the road to curb appeal excellence within days.
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Vines, Creepers, and Ground Covers

One great way to maximize your curb appeal, especially if you have large bare patches of rock, gravel, or dirt that need covering or a stone or brick wall, trellis, or other architectural feature, the best way to tackle the space is to plant some fast growing vines, creepers, or other ground cover.

Depending on your area, there may be several varieties of honeysuckle, clematis, vinca, and other flowering and non-flowering vines and creepers that will grow yards of beautiful foliage in a matter of a couple of months.
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Bulbs, Tubers, and Perennials

Another great way to set off the beauty of your façade, parking strip, or walkway is by planting flowering bulbs, tubers, or other perennials. But, keep in mind that not all bulbs and tubers bloom at the same time.

Be sure to time your plantings so you get plenty of greenery in your beds, and a rotating series of beautiful flowers to enhance the look of your home no matter whether your prospective buyers are viewing your house in June, July, August, or even September. Good examples of this type of planting include the butterfly bush, geraniums, tulips, gladiolas, irises, and dahlias.
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Evergreen Shrubs and Trees

You may think it’s too late to do much beyond planting of perennials and vines to enhance your curb appeal for this coming summer, and in many ways that thinking is correct. However, there are trees and shrubs that have been bred specifically to grow quickly and to serve a variety of landscaping needs.

Whether you’re looking to define a property line, provide shade, or just improve the overall look of your property, check out privet, thuja, poplar, or other varieties of trees and shrubs that your local nursery may have in stock. Many times, these will be ready to go and available in a variety of sizes.
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Containers to the Rescue

Lastly, if you’re not much of a gardener, don’t want or can’t afford to hire professionals to do the work for you, then you can always gussy up your entryway and façade by buying plants in containers and using them for outdoor decorative effects.

Potted plants look great on a front step or porch, but don’t have to be limited to these areas. No matter your budget and level of expertise, there are ways to amp up your curb appeal using plants.
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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.
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