Enhance your home's curb appeal with flowers
Install window boxes
Window boxes offer a fast, easy way to bring color and charm to your home's curb appeal. Choose boxes made from copper or iron for a traditional look, or painted wood for a cottage feel. Mix and match flowers and plants to suit your lighting conditions and color scheme.
The plants you choose for your home largely depend on your personal preference. Your style might be to mix an assortment of plants and colors. Or you might prefer to incorporate different shades of green and various textures with a few pops of color here and there. When searching for the right flowers, keep in mind that planting perennials reduces the amount of outside work you’ll have to do in later years.
Renew planter beds
Get garden beds into shape by pruning growth, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and adding new mulch to restore color that was taken away by sunlight and harsh weather. If stone or brick borders your bed, consider cleaning and resetting any pieces that are soiled or dislodged. If your border is old or tired-looking, try upgrading to stone or a decorative cast-concrete edging system for improved curb appeal.
Create a new planting bed
Add contrast and color to your home exterior with a new planting bed. Prime spots for curb appeal are at the front corners of the yard, along driveways or walkways, and immediately in front of the house. When creating a new bed, choose features that will frame your home rather than obscure it. Opt for stone or precast-concrete blocks to edge the bed. Include a mix of plant size, color, and texture for optimal results.
Finding the right place for your plants depends on your home’s setup. If you have a front porch, consider setting potted plants on the front steps. If you have a sidewalk leading to your front door, plant flowers along each side of the concrete path. Raised garden beds look great up against the house, and you can also hang plants next to the front door. Play around with a few ideas to determine the best options for your space.
When you’re ready to start planting, stop by http://www.northernnurseries.ca/ to find the right flowers. THey have a large selection of fresh, healthy plants and their knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect plants for your landscape.
Adapted from Post in Garden Design, Lawn by Sean Foster