Improving Curb Appeal with Gardening: 6 Tips to Doing it Right

Improving Curb Appeal with Gardening: 6 Tips to Doing it Right
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    Are you wanting to spruce up the look of your home but aren't sure where to start?

    There are plenty of great home and landscaping ideas for improving curb appeal and many can even be done on a budget.


Keep reading for some simple gardening tips that can help you elevate your home to the next level.

1. Keep the House in Mind

When you are getting ready to design the landscaping of your yard you should keep in mind the architecture and design of your home. Your landscaping needs to compliment the character of the house. Your home is your main asset and should be the inspiration for your design.

For instance, if you own a modern home with clean lines and subtle enhancements then your landscaping should be a minimalist look.

A country or farmhouse style home would look best with cottage style landscaping, layers of greenery, and full bushes with pops of color here and there.

2. Watch the Proportions

When planning your landscape design you should keep an eye on the proportions of your home and front yard. If you have a smaller home with a smaller front yard then you need to keep the plants and flowers scaled down so as to not overwhelm the front entrance to your home.

Larger homes and front yards have a lot more room to work with so you can go bigger on the size of the plants and bushes.

A large house can use plants in repetition, such as a row of shrubs or medium-sized bushes that line your pathway. A smaller home would look great with a cluster of rose bushes or other flowering bushes along the front.

Your home will look great with a plant grouping that not only mirrors the lines and the shape of your home but also the scale of its size.

3. Utilize What You Already Have

In order to stick to a budget, one of the best ways to do so is to make use of what you already have.

If you have a front porch you can add instant curb appeal by enhancing it with a seating area and some potted plants. Add an outdoor rug to your space and you create a nice relaxing area that looks cozy and inviting.

You can also add a fresh coat of paint to your front door, or change the color of it to compliment the house and your patio furniture. This is an easy curb appeal idea that you can do in one afternoon and is easy on the budget too.

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      some exterior decor ideas to consider      

In your front yard think about what you already have and how you can enhance it. Perhaps the tree in your front yard could use some shrubs planted around it or a bench where you can sit and enjoy the shade. Small updates like this are quick and easy to make.

This is also the time to have any lawn sprinkler repair or other irrigation improvements made so your new plantings can thrive.

4. Enhance the Front Pathway

One of the main aspects of adding landscaping to enhance your curb appeal is to draw your eye and your guests towards the front door. Adding greenery along your front pathway is the best way to enhance your front yard.

Plant a row of bushes or a hedge along the path. If you have a turn in the walkway you can accent it with planters or urns.

To add nighttime appeal and make it easier to find your way along the path some landscape lighting would make a dramatic improvement. In order to save on energy costs, you should invest in solar landscape lighting. Not only will it look great but you also won’t have to worry about doing any electrical work.

5. Add Pops of Color

When choosing what types of plants and shrubbery to buy for your front yard make sure that the color of your house is taken into consideration. The majority of the plants should compliment your homes color scheme. Then you can add pops of colors to accent the overall look and feel.

If your house is blue then you can utilize a collection of colors such as purple, yellow, pinks, or white. If your home has a warm color palette then you can add flowers or plants with red, orange, and bright yellow. If you aren’t entirely sure which colors accent each other the best then you can use a color wheel to help you decide.

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      some landscaping lighting ideas to consider      

If you don’t have a lot of room in your front yard for plants, you can also add some cute window boxes and fill them with foliage to accent the front of your home. A colorful wreath on the front door will not only be inviting but can also pull the whole look together.

6. Keep it Seasonal

Spring and summer are the times that most flowers and plants look their best. Unfortunately, if your whole landscape goes dormant during the winter that won’t do much for your year-round curb appeal. In order to keep things looking great all year, you should add some elements that will add not only to add structure but stay looking great in the winter.

Trees and shrubs are great year-round but can take a while to get established. You should consider planting some species that grow quickly such as flowering pear, redbud, or a pagoda dogwood, depending on what region you are in. This way you can get curb appeal quicker. If you plan on being at your residence for a while then you can think long-term and plant maples, oaks, or a honey locust.

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Improving curb appeal is easy if you follow these simple tips. The main idea is to keep your house in mind when designing the look of your landscaping, add colors that compliment and accent the front of your home, and make sure to plant shrubs and trees that look good all year-round.

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