https://blog.allstate.com/5-landscaping-trends-to-try-this-year-im/When you’re planning to sell your home, don’t underestimate the power of a first impression. In other words: Focus on curb appeal. A variety of outdoor improvements may help increase your property value, says Missy Henriksen, spokesperson for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). If you’d like to spruce up…Allstatehttps://i2.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tan-home-with-backyard-landscaping_iStock.jpg?fit=1251%2C839&ssl=1
When you’re planning to sell your home, don’t underestimate the power of a first impression. In other words: Focus on curb appeal. A variety of outdoor improvements may help increase your property value, says Missy Henriksen, spokesperson for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
If you’d like to spruce up your yard before listing your house — or you’re simply looking for ideas to help make your yard unique — these trends may serve as inspiration.
1. Sustainability (and Simplicity)
While some homeowners love nothing more than spending the day trimming, watering and weeding, others may prefer easily maintained, sustainable yards, HGTV says. For instance, drought-tolerant herbs and succulents often require less maintenance than other plants. Popular Mechanics recommends planting lavender, because it only needs to be watered once or twice a week — or even less if your area sees regular rainfall. Remember, sustainable plants can be just as stunning as high-maintenance varieties.
2. Winged Friends Welcome
Consider bringing in plants that attract pollinators such as butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. (Even if you aren’t a bee fan, their pollination is essential for the health of your garden, Illinois Farm Bureau Partners says.) According to the NALP, this is becoming more popular with homeowners. Each pollinator will likely have different preferences, Southern Living says — hummingbirds like red flowers, for instance, while bees ignore them — so think about planting a variety of shapes, colors and sizes to help attract multiple flying friends.
3. Natural Materials
Homeowners are turning more toward do-it-yourself landscaping rather than the modern and geometric designs that were popular for a while, Garden Design Magazine says. This means less concrete and more materials like wood, stone and clay. “Clay brick is a timeless and attractive natural material that is well liked for its low maintenance requirements,” Henriksen says. “Wood, another natural resource, is a strong choice for decks and basic outdoor seating considerations.”
4. Water Features
Whether a portable fountain or a full water wall, the sound of running water may add a soothing element to your landscaping. The wide variety of options also makes this trend good for many budgets, according to HGTV. “Water features have become increasingly popular with homeowners because they contribute beauty, calm and peace to a landscape — and to homeowners,” Henriksen says. “For those not ready to invest in a permanent water feature, bubbling water vases offer a great way to add a water feature to your outdoor living space.”
5. Edible Plants — Not Just for Wildlife
Consider planting a mix of flowers and vegetables, herbs or fruits so your landscaping does double duty as a beautiful destination and a place to grab a natural snack, Henriksen suggests. You can customize the combinations to fit your tastes and aesthetics. Plus, a mix helps enhance color and texture in the design. “The garden is a great opportunity to create something that fits your personality and lifestyle,” Henriksen says.
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