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What plants are the best for curb appeal in front of my house? My house is a grayish blue color.
Hardiness Zone: 1
By Trudy from PA
I would choose bushes and flowers that are red in color. Maybe even coleus or geraniums. There are many bushes with leaves that have a reddish tint.
And I would paint your front door a bright red or burgundy to match the foliage. My mother did this in her grayish-blue house and the bright burgundy door looked fantastic, even though there was no other red or red-trim on the house.
You need some contrasting colors, such as white, pink or yellow. But, don't just buy bushes, plan out the whole front on graph paper so you are looking at the whole front yard. Try some flowering shrubs with fragrance (lilac, some viburnum, roses) near the front door so guests get the fragrance. Also think about height to balance with the weight of your house. Use curved flower beds to look more natural.
We live in a cul-de-sac, in south Louisiana. We are looking to sell our home and want to landscape to improve the look. Our house has a red brick sack rub finish exterior. It's actually a really pretty house with three columns in front.
Keep it simple. Make sure you have your lawn neatly clipped. Make sure your lawn is watered, a green lawn looks nicer than one with brown spots or that is completely brown. Do not go overboard with the flowers, plants, and other 'flourishes'. It may look pretty in an open house showing, but it will become a burden to upkeep if you have many showings, and with a long hot southern summer coming up, it is more stress you would have to keep a clean, pleasing curb appeal.
So, simple and green, let the buyer see a blank canvas they can either keep as is, or decorate with their own design. Also, keep in mind, some people have allergies, and may be turned from paying attention to your lawnscape to getting out of there to alleviate the sting from allergies.