Thursday, April 14, 2011

Let an Herb Garden Help Sell Your Home

Even if you know zip about gardening, you can add an herb bed to your yard in an afternoon that makes your property look special.

And when you are selling your home, you need all the specialness you can get!

What's the big deal about herb plants, you ask? Well, for starters
  • Neatness counts. Herbs tend to have a tidy look about them.  Most don't grow real fast, so they stay tidy. That's a plus for curb appeal if your herbs are at the front of your house.
  • Antiquity counts. An herb bed, even a new one, makes a garden or yard look more established. Herbs have an air of permanence and maturity about them. If your house is fairly new, herbs add some character and age.  
  • Save money. One herb plant can stand alone as a specimen in a small garden and still look interesting. You don't need a row, a bed, or a drift of the same kind of plant, which is not the case with most perennials and annuals. Many herbs look great in pots, which means you can move your garden with you when your house sells. 
  • Some herbs serve as ground covers, like this golden oregano,
    which might live through the winter where you live.  
  • Assault the senses. Most herbs are fragrant. Many have blossoms. All have interesting textures and colors.
  • Intrigue buyers. A well-designed, interesting herb garden encourages lingering. The longer house hunters spend at your property, the greater the chances of them buying. Even a simple herb garden makes your landscaping unique, something buyers will remember after a day of touring homes. 
    Many herbs like this calendula are easy to grow and give you colorful,
    long-lasting flowers as well. 

  • Look like an expert. Usually an herb bed has a formal structure, like a square, four squares, or a circle with quadrants, so it's easy to plant something that looks like you know what you are doing.
  • Sell the package. A focal point in the bed anchors it, and can create the atmosphere that will help sell your house -- a specific sculpture, birdbath, trellis, or planter box. Outdoor focal points remind buyers that there's more than a house for sale. There's property, too! And, of course, these garden ornaments don't have to convey with your home's purchase. 
    Herb plants are happy in containers like this hanging basket, in larger containers, 
    in raised beds, or in ordinary well-drained garden soil. 

  • Small is good, too. Even if you are selling a condo or townhouse, a grouping of potted herbs or a windowbox of herbs adds a certain something, a je ne sais quoi. (I had to look up the spelling.)
  • Their beauty lasts. Many attractive herbs are not only perennial but stay good-looking all year long, such as rosemary and bay laurel.
  • Create a sitting room. A backyard herb bed, even a tiny one with a bench, suggests a destination for prospective home buyers on their tour, a new vantage point for them to observe the house and surroundings. 
    There is no end to the variety of shapes and textures of 
    herbs, so an herb bed is always interesting. 

  • Herbs mingle. When there are bare spots in a landscape, herb plants can be counted on to combine well. They will carpet a sparse rose bed, add another layer to a row of foundation shrubs, act as placeholders for tulips and other spring flowering bulbs, or fill the gaps between stepping stones.
  • Tempt buyers. House hunters who are gardeners will be attracted to the idea of an already etablished herb garden, but because the usual herb garden is orderly and mulched, it doesn't look like a maintenance nightmare to house hunters who aren't into yardwork. 
    Rosemary is perennial, evergreen, and fragrant.

  • It's DIY-friendly. No matter what kind of soil you have, or how much gardening experience you have, an herb garden looks fine and will prosper in a raised bed that you can construct yourself, and fill with the kind of well-draining soil that herbs thrive in.
  • They are versatile. No matter what style your home is, from humble country cottage to McMansion, there's an herb garden style that's just right.

Your herbs will give you ingredients to garnish and season foods. This is wooly thyme.
Like other culinary herbs, it is easy to grow. 

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