As we work our way through the spring market and into the summer the real estate marketing is continuing to heat up. One great way to increase the value of your home is by adding curb appeal. There are many varieties of flowers that take little work and add a lot of curb appeal and pop to the front of your home. 

When shopping you have two main choices which are perennials and annuals. Although it may seem like annuals come back yearly, it is actually the opposite. Annuals need to be planted every year and perennials are planted once and they continue to grow back. There are some different benefits of each of them. 

For annuals they offer a lot of color constantly for little money. They do however require a lot of attention in the lines of fertilizers and watering. Most annuals, especially the full sun varieties, would prefer a daily watering. Be careful not to go too long between watering on these as once they are burnt they do not heal back quickly. Annuals go both in pots and in the ground directly. When choosing annuals make sure to look at the bloom time, sun requirements, and watering requirements to ensure you get the most bang for your buck. Some of my favorites are sunflowers, verbena, petunias, marigolds, impatients, and zinnia. 

Perennials often have a good deal of color but a shorter window of bloom time. Perennials grow back year after year and continue to spread and flower more. These are a great choice when looking to add color to larger beds when you are looking for less maintenance. Like all plants when first planted they will require a decent amount of watering but most will then be OK without constant watering unless in a drought. Perennials that are already in the yard often can be split up and made into multiple plants in the spring or fall. Some of my favorites are daylily, daisies, sedum, and coneflower. 

Adding color to your landscape increases your curb appeal. Selling when a house is in full bloom can attract more buyers and increase the overall property value. Gardening is a great way to have fun with your property and get a return on your investment. June is Homeownership month so make sure to enjoy your home. I hope you enjoyed this blog. Please check out our Podcast, Facebook Group, and Newsletter all found under the name Homeownership. Please leave any questions or comments below.