You will not have a second chance to make a first impression, and neither will your house when a real estate agent and potential buyers come to visit it.

This is called curbside appeal, as it makes a buyer fall in love with your house before they have even seen the inside. Your garden plays a vital role in creating a welcoming atmosphere for anyone who comes to your home, including you.

Here are seven rules for creating curbside appeal:

Design principles

A garden is a work of art, and applying design elements and principles to its appearance can create an aesthetically pleasing effect. Balance is vital for a garden, so having one side full of beds and the other bare will not attract the eye. Apply elements of symmetry to your garden as this creates balance.

People find patterns attractive, and using repetition throughout your garden design will also draw their attention. Another factor to consider is scale. Plants, shrubs, and flowers in your garden should be proportionate to the garden’s and the house. A massive tree in a little garden hiding a small house does not create a sense of proportion.

Regular attention

Once you have committed to using your garden space to plant flowers, shrubs, and trees, you must be prepared to maintain them. When weeds take over flower beds, and regular pruning is not undertaken, the effect becomes messy and busy. This creates a sense of disorganization and an unnatural appearance. Someone looking at your house from the outside will worry about what its inside looks like if the outside seems to be chaotic.

Healthy plants

Landscaping experts at GreenPal advise that plants be cared for if you want them to add the perfect finishing touch to your home’s appearance. Plants that are dead or dying create a feeling of neglect. Unless it is fall, yellowing leaves will not make a favorable impression on anyone looking at your house from the outside.

Seasonal charm

Evergreen plants, shrubs, and ground coverings make a perfect backdrop for any garden as they become a permanent fixture of the design. There are methods to highlight the seasons in your garden.

Trees that shed their leaves in fall, blossom in spring, and offer a leafy canopy in summer create a seasonal feel. Add color by having planters or outdoor pots for planting seasonal blooming flowers to add color to your garden.

Layered look

Garden beds that feature plants that are all the same height look flat or two-dimensional. Make them look more interesting by having large, medium, and small plants arranged in descending order toward the flower bed’s front.

This allows you to make innovative plant combinations, with differing flower colors and shades of green for leaves. It also lets you add some diversity to a flower bed as you can use plants with different foliage textures.

The human element

While many gardens veer between the out of control and the militarily managed, there is some middle ground that you should be striving to achieve. To make your garden appealing, it must be well-organized, but it should also be evident that you have added your personal touch to it through the choices you have made.


Creating curbside appeal is about making anyone who looks at your property or sets foot on it feel welcome. The garden should add to the sense of attraction someone feels when they see the house.

It should not make the visitor feel like an intruder. This happens when paths are not navigable due to overgrown plants or windows are hidden by giant, untended shrubs.

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