It’s been a year since I hired Outdoor Makeovers to redo the front and east side of my home. The plants are growing nicely … except for the one that the chipmunk is ruining no matter how many times I refill the hole.
The only part of my lawn remaining to be landscaped is the immediate area along the back of my home. I plan to add a deck at some point, but wanted to do the landscaping first so that when I added the deck, I would already have privacy. Once a deck is added, then I’ll work on the section along the house.
My overall plan has had certain objectives:
- Plants that appeal to birds, butterflies, bees and offer food, nesting cover or hiding safety.
- Contrast colors of magenta and yellow-green.
- Easy maintenance.
Fall or Winter Berries: Cotoneaster; Pyracantha; Callary Pear; Spice Viburnum; Leatherleaf Viburnum.
Bees: Autumn Joy Sedum; Purple Salvia.
Thicket for cover: Cotoneaster; Pyracantha; Barberry (pygmy & full size); Norway Spruce.
Interesting/unique plants: Vanhoutte Spirea; Dappled Willow; Pieris Japonica; St John’s Wort.
Remember, if you buy a home without any landscaping, I suggest adding it prior to spending on other major projects. That way, the plants can be increasing in size – and value – while you live in the home.
Over the time I’ve been working on my home, I have spent “around” $10,000. (If you are young with a strong back, you can do the work more inexpensively yourself.) That amount equals only about 5% of the price my home would sell for, so a home without landscaping, can easily need to reduce the price by more than that if buyers prefer privacy. Landscaping is likely the one upgrade you can make to your home that will return 100% of its value.
As an aside, I attended a large neighborhood party recently. While we don’t always know exactly where the people live, we often recognize them by the dogs they walk. During the evening, a lady asked me which home I lived in. When I described which one, she said, “Oh, you live in the home with the landscaping.”
It’s nice to be memorable. 🙂