A good rental property has neat, attractive landscaping. To guarantee that your property’s yard stays that way, it’s crucial to choose the right outdoor plants for your Williamsburg property. The perfect rental property yard is both charming and long-lasting. Few tenants want to spend a lot of time and effort caring for fragile, high-maintenance plants or trees. That is why, one of the best improvements you can make to your rental property is to plant sturdy, low-maintenance, drought-resistant bushes and trees. This will make landscape maintenance fast and simple and guarantee that your yard stays looking tidy and green year after year.
As far as low-maintenance plants go, dozens of fascinating species work in a wide range of planting zones. However, before you start planting, it’s necessary to know which plants are right for your property’s climate. Trying to grow plants outside of the correct USDA hardiness zone will inevitably lead to disaster. Few northern plants can quickly survive southwestern states’ heat, while many outdoor plants that flourish in the south won’t stay in freezing temperatures.
It’s also necessary to check with an owner’s association or other local regulatory agency to see if there are any restrictions on what type of outdoor plants you can use. Certain invasive species are stringently forbidden in some states, while HOAs may have their reasons for limiting which plants can be used and where. Some areas even have rules about how many plants you must have in a yard! Plus, while you want your Williamsburg property to look good, it is still important to guarantee that your rental’s yard fits with other landscaping in the neighborhood. This will help ensure that your property values stay high and your rental home remains competitive in the market.
Once you understand what will work best in your climate and neighborhood, it’s time to start picking plants and trees for your rental property’s yard. The most satisfying outdoor plants for a rental property are those that will thrive even if they are a bit neglected from time to time. As a rule, your best options will be evergreen varieties or perennials, which return each year without needing to be replaced.
Many attractive evergreen plants offer vivid colors year-round, even in freezing weather. Nandina Domestica is an easy-to-grow evergreen shrub with white flowers in the spring and bright red berries in the winter. For an easy-to-grow landscape plant that you can use in the kitchen, try rosemary. Under the right climates, rosemary will stay green year-round with fragrant leaves that work well as a seasoning for your favorite dishes.
Durable Outdoor Plants
One of the most useful things about durable plants is that many of them allow beautiful flowers. Take Meadow sage, for example. The large purple blooms on this perennial last from spring to fall and attract hummingbirds, too. But few things can beat the golden brilliance of the forsythia bush in the spring. Used as either a hedge or a natural-growing shrub, the forsythia offers a big explosion of colorful flowers early in the spring and then pretty green leaves late into autumn months. Both versatile and easy to care for, it’s a great bonus to many rental property landscapes.
Some of the more challenging areas to grow plants are shady yards or large sunny regions. In the shade, nothing grows better than the vivid greens and golds of hostas. These easy-to-grow plants provide beautiful ground cover under trees or in other shady areas of the yard. Then again, sunny spots need to look nice, too. Instead of planting a high-maintenance lawn, consider adding low-growing phlox or creeping jenny. These plants spread easily but are not invasive and can create a beautiful carpet of flowers that will never need to be mowed.
Would you like more tips on how to create a low-maintenance Williamsburg rental property that has great curb appeal? Contact us today or give us a call at 757-251-9188.
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