Gardens are generally the first thing people see in a home, so it is important that they make an impression. In rental properties, adding a lush garden will definitely add value and appeal. For a tenant, it will make the space feel like home.
Here are simple and affordable ways to transform garden areas and make homes as beautiful on the outside as it is indoors.
1. Perfect planters
Flowerpots and planters are a fabulous way to create an instant, vibrant garden. Easily transportable from place to place, they’re the ideal choice for tenants or anyone who likes to create variety in the garden space.
Planters can vary in size and style, from small inexpensive terracotta pots to oversized contemporary versions – they can even be a converted old tyre or a freestanding bathtub.
There are plenty of pot plants that thrive in the shade as well as the sun, here are a few examples to help you:
- Succulent ( such as Jade plants)
- Ornamental grasses (like Miscanthus and Sedge)
- Geraniums - grow happily in pots under direct sunlight
- Palms and ferns - do well in shade
2. Choose plants that are easy to care for
If the property is being leased, it’s wise not to have a time-consuming garden, as tenants may not want to invest energy into a garden that is not their own. Among the ideal choices for a low-maintenance garden are Natives for plants, and annuals such as Cosmos, Impatiens, Pansies and Petunias for flowers that add bright colour to the garden.
3. The kitchen garden
Oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary and sage are all good choices for garden beds or pots, as are lettuces, spring onions or shallots. Advise tenants to invest in a galvanised raised garden bed, which looks attractive and can be taken with them if they leave. Not only will they add the visual beauty of fresh herbs and veggies, but they will also have an on-hand supply to add to their cooking.
4. Create an edge
If the property features garden beds, make sure there are clear borders for a neater and more stylish look. Simply dig a trench into the surrounding grass to give a clearly defined edge to the garden bed. It’s also possible to add greater definition and flair by inserting timber or a row of bricks.
5. Cover it up
Areas of exposed soil can be easily smartened up with ground covers and grass. It requires next-to-no maintenance and can be removed easily should you move on. Here are popular choices:
- Star jasmine
- Mondo grass
- Luscious lawn
- Imitation grass
6. Add a water feature
Water features always add a sense of peace and calm to a garden; however, renters often don’t want to invest in anything permanent. In an over-sized bowl or wine barrel it’s possible to grow aquatic plants, such as water lilies, which offers the pleasure of a water display that can be taken with tenants when they leave.
7. Make it cosy
Even renters can still invest in outdoor furniture for the garden to extend their living area, increasing the sense of space and functionality of a property. It doesn’t have to be expensive and again it’s then theirs to keep.
Recommend that they buy new to suit their budget or look around second-hand stores or auction houses and choose from pieces in warm timber, pretty wrought iron or something more sleek and contemporary. It’s possible to create a look that suits their overall style and make the most of the outdoors with an enticing spot to enjoy a quiet cup of tea or glass of wine with friends.