Many homeowners take the time and effort to upgrade their backyards to make their property more attractive and at the same time, increase its value. One of the factors that weigh heavily in a sale is the amount of usable space a home has. Meaning, space that can be utilized for other home upgrades and projects. This is why it’s usual for a house and lot for sale usually has a spacious backyard that comes with it.
A simple and affordable yet transformational way to go about maximizing a backyard is planting. Plants are a great way to design the exterior of a home while enjoying the benefits they offer for health, cooking, and more.
To enjoy what plants have to offer for both the use and aesthetic of your home, you have to choose the right kinds for you. To give you an idea, here are some plants that excel in both:
Lavender is one of the most obvious choices for gardening. But did you know that they are a natural deterrent for fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and other pests? That’s right! They aren’t just a lovely addition to your garden and home as they have a practical use, too. Put some in a vase and place it in the most occupied place in the house. This will make the space a little more comfy and beautiful.
Lavender isn’t easy to grow from seed. However, purchasing plant starters is an accessible option. Water it once or twice a week to prevent too much moisture and root rot.
Add some hints of yellow in your garden with some marigold! These beautiful yet easy-to-maintain and easy-to-grow flowers can brighten up any space they occupy. To thrive, they need full sunshine and watered at the base instead of from overhead at least once a week. Marigold’s health benefits can be enjoyed when it’s made into tea. It’s a great antioxidant, promotes wound healing, skin ulcer healing, combats certain cancer cells, and more.
If you want to start with something that requires little to no maintenance, start with daylilies. They are able to survive the cold, grow fast, and are able to thrive on their own. These beautiful flowers that are originated from Asia, are edible and great for decor too! They come in different varieties and colors, which makes it all the more appealing should you choose to go for daylilies.
Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to the bee balms. If you want your backyard to be home to these little guys, then bee balm is for you. Take note that bee balm is a sprouter. Meaning, if there is empty space surround the initial growth, it’s likely to spread. Other than being edible, they possess medicinal properties too. Native Americans have used bee balms for generations in both their diet and as medicine. To help your bee balms thrive, keep the soil moist and plant them where they can get full exposure to the sun.
Mint is widely used for culinary purposes, which makes it very handy to have around. But that’s not all that mint can do. Mint has medicinal capabilities worth knowing about. These include relief from irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, breastfeeding pain, cold symptoms, and helps improve brain function.
Similar to bee balm, mint is a spreader. To limit its growth, put barriers around its surroundings or put it in pots. Water your mint plants twice a week.
Aloe vera is commonly used in many skincare products, as it’s no secret that it has many benefits to offer the skin. Having some at home can be useful in case of burns and sunburn too. Aloe vera has contained properties that help with blood circulation and combat bacteria and fungi. However, they don’t do well under direct sunlight. Too much of it will cause them to turn brown.
Okay, garlic chives aren’t really for the beautification of a backyard. They’re more for a cook’s garden, at least at face value. What many don’t realize is that its presence is beneficial for other plants’ growth, like tomatoes, carrots, roses, to name a few. In addition, it helps keep pests at bay. As you can see, they aren’t just good for cooking!
One of the best ways to utilize your backyard space is giving it functions while contributing to the beauty of your home. This is the perfect time to flex that green thumb! Use the space you have to cultivate things that will benefit both your home and yourself. Plants carry both beauty and function. They naturally serve this dual purpose, so might as well take advantage of it!