Since we have had a lot of rain and cooler weather recently, it is still a great time to plant.

There are many types of plants to choose from this time of year. Begin by choosing the style you want for your landscape, whether formal, semi-formal or natural. Consider designing your landscape to compliment the style of your house whether it is colonial, contemporary, log cabin, traditional cottage, historical or French provincial. If you are unsure what to do, have a landscape design professionally drawn for your home. You may bring a picture to the nursery and have the nursery professionals suggest different types of plants that would work for your situation. Once you have a good idea of the style you are trying to achieve, browse all the plant options available. Again, bring pictures and use them to imagine each plant you select in that particular area of your landscape. This will help you to choose the best plants for your yard and ensure your satisfaction with the results. With good planning and helpful advice, you will be able to say with pride, “I did this.”

If you are trying to sell you home, give it great curb appeal. As many real estate agents will tell you, the first impression a potential buyer has is the most important part of selling your home. This does not mean you have to add many plants, just dress it up so that the yard has a pleasing and comfortable feeling to it. Sometimes all you need is a fresh layer of pine straw or mulch with nicely finished, crisp edges. A big addition to curb appeal is colorful plants. This time of year, you should add seasonal color, especially to the entrances, such as the sidewalk, driveway, front door, patio and pool areas. Great curb appeal will boost your selling advantage over other homes for sale in your area.

Happy gardening.

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