10 Plants That Will Bring Your Curb Appeal to Life!


A beautiful front yard can fill you with pride when pulling up to your home. But you can bring your yard to life with these 10 curb-appeal-boosting plants!

You know all of the idioms: “Home is where the heart is,” “Your home is your sanctuary,” “A man’s home is his castle,” and more. These sayings encompass the interior of the home, but what about the exterior? Do you pay as much attention to your property’s curb appeal? You might do the usual maintenance like raking the leaves and mowing the lawn, but you can fix up your front yard and turn it into something truly awe-inspiring (and a buffet for bees) by adding new plantlife to your property. 

Here are 10 plants that’ll give your front yard that wow-factor it may be lacking. 

1. Clematis

The clematis vine is popular because they can grow up fences, trellises and even walls. Their star-shaped flowers come in an assortment of colors and sizes and typically bloom in the later summer months. But, you can find varieties that will bloom well into the autumn months.

2. Hosta

Hostas are leafy green foliage plants that also have blue, pink, purple or white blooms that will blossom during the summer. These plants are perfect for homeowners that want to attract birds and butterflies, but they can also attract other critters like slugs, snails, deer and rabbits!

3. Roses

It should be no surprise that roses are on this list. Rose bushes are the quintessential plant that can add color and elegance to any property. Caring for these bushes can be a little daunting, especially if you aren’t much of a gardener. But, with a little TLC and doing a little research, your roses could be the envy of the neighborhood!

4. American arborvitae (thuja)

The American arborvitae is an evergreen tree that will take your ordinary landscaping to the next level. They’re great additions to a yard because they can act as privacy hedges or can be used to hide an unsightly chain fence. 

5. Hibiscus

There are two types of hibiscus and it’s important that you know which variety will thrive in your climate. Hardy hibiscus are better suited for colder climates, while the tropical hibiscus needs to be in warmer climates (as the name would imply). The hibiscus plant is known for its large flowers and can come in a variety of vibrant shades like orange, pink, red, purple, as well as unique and rare colors.  

6. Canna Lily

Canna lilies are perfect plants if you want a vibrant burst of color throughout the summer and fall. These flowers can grow near water features like a pond or stream, but they also make beautiful potted plants. What truly makes these flowers stand out is that the leaves turn a beautiful shade of bronze (or a variation between bronze and silver) near the end of the season. 

7. Tulips

The tulip is pretty common because they’re easy to grow and come in a wide variety of colors (yes, even “black” - they’re more of a deep purple). These flowers typically grow during the spring so it’s best to plant them in the fall, however you can find late blooming tulips. 

8. Hydrangea

The hydrangea is one of those plants that makes a statement. The bloom colors range from pink to blue and every shade of purple in between. They are also available in green or white - but never yellow or orange.

9. Dahlia

The dahlia is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a plant that’ll bloom for several months (namely the summer and fall). These plants can have a variety of colors, including orange, pink, purple, red, white, and even multicolored! Not only are these plants known for their colorful blooms, the blossoms can be as small as 2-inches in diameter and can get up to 15-inches in diameter!

10. Magnolia

There are a few different types of magnolia trees, but regardless of which variety you choose, you can expect beautiful blooms with a sweet fragrance. If you do choose to go with a magnolia tree, you’ll want to keep in mind that these trees have a root system that can spread out pretty far, therefore making it nearly impossible to move (we don’t recommend moving them at all). 

Sometimes properties will have invasive plants or plants that require more work than a buyer may want to deal with. So when you’re thinking about boosting your property’s curb appeal, we recommend gathering a few tips from top agents regarding what features and plants buyers are drawn to. And, if you’re hoping to see if planting these plants are worth the investment, you can use a net proceeds calculator to get a ballpark idea of what your profit could be when you sell.

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