Spring is finally here, and it’s time to start thinking about the garden and landscape you let go to waste during the winter months. Compelling garden design can increase the value of your home and save you money on watering, maintenance, and grocery bills. Here are some ways to maximize your garden’s aesthetic appeal — and save some money in the meantime:
Throw Out Your Lawn Mower!
Favor sustainable, low-maintenance flowers, plants, trees and shrubs to reduce watering, weeding, and fertilizing costs. “Several folks are turning over their grass patches for drought-tolerant flowers in an attempt to minimize water and eliminate fertilizing,” Better Homes and Gardens reiterates. “Oh! — and, of course, to create a gorgeous, neighbor-envying garden, too.” These hearty blooms will also save you the trouble of constant mowing, giving your neighbors yet another reason to be jealous.
Smoothies, Salads, and Dinner Straight From Your Garden
There is a nation-wide movement to increase awareness of nutrition, and — thankfully — you can jump on board without your bank account feeling the negative effects. Many homeowners incorporate fresh fruits and veggies into overall landscape design — or even more compact, portable garden planters. Gardeners with limited space can look into dwarf plant variations. Nurseries grow smaller versions of blueberries, for example, to enable consumers to grow and care for them in relatively small gardens or plots.
Celebrate Pantone’s Color of the Year
“Pantone named Radiant Orchid the color of the year. Expect to see it in everything from garden gloves to the tabletop,” HGTV reports. Homeowners are infusing their garden with bright and/or rich shades of orchid, purple, fuchsia, and pink. Others are taking the shade more literally, planting elegant and exotic orchid blooms in front or alongside their homes.
Breathe fresh life into your garden this spring — and save money while doing it. Choose garden designs with flowers and shrubs that require little to no maintenance, add some color with rich, purple blooms, and save plenty of room to grow edibles at home.