A good rental property must have clean and impressive landscaping. To maintain your property’s yard in that way, it is necessary to choose the right outdoor plants for your Northridge property. The ideal rental property yard is both alluring and sturdy. Few tenants want to spend a lot of time and effort caring for fragile, high-maintenance plants or trees. That being so, 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 quick and efficient and guarantee that your yard remains clean and green year after year.
As far as low-maintenance plants go, dozens of beautiful varieties work in a wide range of planting zones. However, before you start planting, it’s important 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. A couple of northern plants can easily survive southwestern states’ heat, while other outdoor plants that live in the south won’t stay in freezing temperatures.
It’s also a great idea to check with any owner’s association or other local regulatory agency to identify if there are certain restrictions on what type of outdoor plants you can use. A few invasive crops are prohibited by law in certain countries, while HOAs may have their reasons for limiting which plants can be used and where. Some parts of the country even have rules about how many plants you need to have in a garden. In addition, even though you want your Northridge property to look special, it is still better to make sure that your rental’s yard blends in 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.
After you determine what will work best in your climate and neighborhood, it is a good idea to start buying plants and trees for your rental property’s yard. The best outdoor plants for a rental property are those that will thrive even if they are a bit neglected from time to time. Normally, your safest options will be evergreen varieties or perennials, which return every year without needing to be replaced.
Several gorgeous 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 dazzling red berries in the winter. For an easy-to-grow landscape plant that can be used in the kitchen, try rosemary. In the proper 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 main benefits of durable plants is that several of them bring beautiful flowers. Take Meadow sage, for example. The big 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 provides a significant explosion of colorful flowers early in the spring, followed by perfectly green leaves late into autumn months. Both versatile and easy to care for, it’s a great addition to many rental property landscapes.
One of the more challenging areas to grow plants are shady yards or wide sunny regions. In the shade, nothing grows best than the vivid greens and golds of hostas. These easy-to-grow plants bring lovely ground cover under trees or in some shady areas of the yard. On the other side, sunny spots would look awesome, too. As an alternative for planting a high-maintenance lawn, try adding low-growing phlox or creeping jenny. These plants quickly spread but are not invasive and can provide a perfect carpet of flowers that will never have to be mowed.
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