If you’re thinking of selling your home right now, take note of new research that suggests only including seasonal planting in your garden ideas – so flowers and plants that are only at their best at certain the year – might scare viewers away from bidding. From encouraging mold to causing structural damage, experts have commented on which plants to avoid growing if homeowners are looking to put their property on the market anytime soon. Samantha Richards, gardening expert at Gazeboshop, explained: “Garden owners need to consider the plants they choose wisely. Selecting plants centered on one season can be damaging if the homeowner puts their home on the market in the opposite half of the year.
“Instead, having a mix of shrubs and trees, with perennials that respond well to deadhead, will ensure months of color.”
Potted annuals are a quick and easy way to add color for viewings – yellow is said to not only catch the eye of bees but shoppers too – so choose daffodils, marigolds, chrysanthemums , pansies – depending on the season.
But avoid relying on huge beds of annuals that will need to be replaced every three or four months, if you’re in at least a temperate zone.
When growing plants for a sale, owners should also be aware that the plants are a few weeks old, warns Robin Antill, director of leisure buildings.
He said: “While you may want to advertise your home in the spring when everything is in bloom, the reality is that if it doesn’t sell quickly it may stay on the market all year round. .
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He said: “The flowers are small, white and dull and appear only in summer, followed by poisonous blackberries.
“Also, privet grows quickly – up to 20 feet tall – and quickly takes over a garden.
“This plant then blocks sunlight from entering the space as well as the garden soil.”
When in bloom in the spring, these shrubs look beautiful, and rhododendrons are one of the best shrubs for privacy.
However, once the flowers begin to fall, the leaves add little to the gardens.
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Additionally, some species, including rhododendron and mountain laurel, can be very invasive if not pruned properly, and even cause structural damage and infestation.
Eric Mohlenhoff, a licensed home inspector with Remedy Inspections, cautioned: “Bushes or shrubs planted too close to the exterior siding can provide mold growth and a path for insects to enter the home.”
This delicate-looking plant is often mistaken for forget-me-not or borage with tiny blue flowers that can brighten up shady areas, especially near ponds, in early summer.
However, green alkanet is extremely invasive and difficult to maintain, says SC realtor Dino DiNenna of Hilton Head Realty.
He said: “If these plants are planted near the wall of the house, it causes long-term structural damage.
“Nor is it a good idea to plant a weed-like plant – green alkanet has deep taproots – which can spread quickly and uncontrollably.”
Decorative grass and thirsty trees
Realtor Kurt Grosse of the Realty One Group, says plants that devalue a property all year round include grass that has no real purpose.
He said: “We are in a severe drought and if there is grass for decorative use only, it is not normal and expensive to maintain.
“Trees that require a lot of water also devalue a property.
“Examples include poplars and some palms. Olive fruit trees and high pollen trees often need to be removed for the same reason.”