The Chelsea show, as one of the most prestigious in the world
sets the tone for British gardens for the year. Strutt & Parker
looks at whether a little skilful horticulture can increase the
appeal of your property.
Agents always stress that presentation and first impressions are
vitally important when selling, and the first thing a prospective
buyer is likely to see is the area outside of the house. If your
front garden is well presented someone viewing the property will
assume all aspects of the property are is good order, from the
structure to the paperwork.
"There are many ways of making your house look more inviting"
says Michael Fiddes, Head of Agency at Strutt & Parker.
"In a city property where gardens tend to be smaller, it's a good
idea not to overload on colours - use a limited palette such as
variegated plants with white flowers for a fresh and elegant
If you have a larger front garden, lining pathways and borders
with fragrant plants such as lavender, or sweet smelling
heliotropes will help to stimulate the senses. One theme of this
year's Chelsea Flower Show is inventive ways of using water in the
face of a nationwide hosepipe ban.
Fiddes believes "Some green-fingered home owners have
incorporated more drought tolerant Mediterranean plants into their
outside spaces. However strong British natives such as Betula
nigra, the river birch, hart's tongue ferns and geraniums make for
a lovely British feel".
There are many ways to be creative with your garden and even on
a limited budget - window boxes and stylish pots can act as an
alternative to wall climbers and are easy to set up. For a real wow
factor, strategically placed lights shining up from the base of a
tree or lining a walkway can make your property look just as
impressive at night as it does during the day.