Nothing kills curb appeal like dead, overgrown shrubs engulfing the house! We recommend trimming back what you can, or completely removing anything that’s already dying or simply far too large for the space. But don’t just leave it bare! Remember that just like a nicely finished interior, potential buyers appreciate a nicely appointed landscape.
If you plan to replace and your home is going on the market soon, avoid shrubs deemed ‘starter’ size. While certainly economical and easy to plant, they are far too small to make any real impact. You can likewise skip planting full-size shrubs, as it usually doesn’t take many to break the bank and they often require more care to help get them re-established. Somewhere in between, however, is absolutely ideal!
You also need to be mindful of the planting zone you’re in and the sun requirements and growing habits of what you plant. Everything is going to get bigger…some things, MUCH bigger…so what might look perfect when you pop it into the ground may eventually turn out to be far too large for the space!
Below are some of our best suggestions for a few shrubs to help create a welcoming curb appeal that sells without getting too big or overgrown in the years to come. If you’re still in doubt and the idea of tackling this project alone makes you nervous, take a photo of the areas you plan to plant up and head to your local greenhouse. They typically have professionals on hand who can point you in the right direction. (Availability from linked sources is subject to change.)
Little Lime Hydrangea
Zones 3-9, Full-Sun to Part-Shade, 3-6 feet tall and wide.
Blooms start out white with green tint, then fade to pink.
Available at www.wilsonbrosgardens.com
Montana Moss Juniper
Zones 4-9, Full-Sun, 2-4 feet tall, 3-5 feet wide.
Interesting foliage, may be used as a ground cover.
Available at www.greenwoodnursery.com
Zones 3-8, Full-Sun to Part-Shade, 3-4 feet tall and wide.
Maintains shape, rosy spring blooms, leaves turn color in fall.
Available at www.thetreecenter.com
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Zones 2-8, 6-8 feet tall, Full-Sun to Part-Shade, 4-5 feet wide
Vertical interest, evergreen all year.
Available at www.fastgrowingtrees.com
Checkerboard Hardy Fuchsia
Zones 7-11, Full-Sun to Part-Shade, 3-4 feet tall, 2 feet wide
Showy flowers throughout summer.
Available at www.dancingoaks.com
Tiny Wine Ninebark
Zones 3-7, Full-Sun, 4 feet tall, 4 feet wide
Spring flowers, maroon to bronze leaves all season.
Available at www.kiwinurseries.com