How to give your front garden a makeover to impress potential buyers

As we wave goodbye to the summer heatwaves, the property market is about to hot up as we head into the busiest time on the home-buying calendar.

And if you are planning to put your crib up for sale, then you need to make sure it stands out from the crowd.

‘Front gardens are the first thing potential buyers and tenants see, yet often get neglected or used as a dumping ground for dustbins and recycling boxes,’ says RHS gold medal-winning designer Will Williams.

‘The good news is it doesn’t take a great deal of effort or money to smarten it up to make that all- important first impression.’

Here Will, co-founder of Soto Gardens, shares his top plants for a magical makeover…

Olive tree (olea europae) and Australian daisy (erigeron karvinskia nus ‘Profusion’)

The olive tree and Australian daisy are fantastic companions in creating a relaxed and elegant entrance. The rugged olive tree provides interest all year. The Australian daisies add a pop of white and pink to the bottom of the pot in the spring.

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia)

The long spikes of dark purple flowers provide colour and fragrance throughout summer. Very popular with bees and butterflies, it looks great planted along a border separating garden paths.

Lavender loves the sun – make sure there are green leaves left on your lavender after pruning in the autumn.

Catmint (Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’)

Boasts small purple flowers which contrast with fresh green leaves for some scented interest. Loved by pollinators, this plant has a long flowering period from early summer into autumn. Very easy to care for, just trim back in late winter to encourage fresh growth next year. Catmint loves a sunny or partial sunny spot.

Irish moss (sagina subulate)

Looks beautiful on driveways and paths softening the edges, providing a gentle ground covering like carpet. During spring and summer, small star-shaped white flowers make an appearance.

Water little and often, it will show browning if over and under-watered. Will tolerate sun and partial sun aspects.

The Ilex dome (Ilex crenata)

Great for adding evergreen structure to your front garden, especially window boxes or in pots. It has small, dark green glossy leaves and produces small white flowers in the summer.

The domes add evergreen structure to any scheme. Trim in late winter or early spring to your desired shape. Don’t worry, it will grow back!

Ivy (hedera helix)

Easily recognisable by its distinct teardrop leaf shape, ivy is incredibly versatile. Looks beautiful trailing over window boxes, especially when anchored by llex domes to create a classic look.

Bay tree (laurus nobilis) and Ivy (hedera helix)

The bay tree and ivy combination is a classic for good reason. Low maintenance and evergreen, this pairing adds gravitas to your front doorstep. The bay tree is a sign of good luck with the dark green leaves used in the kitchen.

The bay can also provide small yellow-greenish flowers in spring and berries in autumn. It thrives in both sun and partial positions. Water regularly and prune twice a year once established.

Sweet box (sarcococca hookeriana ‘Winter Gem’)

A star of the garden all year. I particularly enjoy this plant in the winter when it provides fragrant and visual interest. It has glossy green leaves with sweet-smelling, small white flowers which are followed by blackberries.

Position close to your door to enjoy the sweet-smelling flowers throughout winter. Loves shade or partial shade.

Hydrangea Limelight (hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’)

Great for those looking for elegant colour. It produces large cone-shaped blooms that start as a green bud developing through cream to a pink finish, providing a show-stopping effect. A great all-rounder, it does well in the sun and the shade.

Hydrangea libelle (hydrangea macrophylla ‘Teller White’)

The smallest of the Soto Hydrangea edit, they look beautiful planted along a path or in a pot. This hydrangea has large, strong white flower heads. The dark green leaves are the perfect backdrop to the ice-white blooms that bring a softness to any outside space.

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