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Gardening isn't always easy, but it's certainly rewarding. Here are some tips to jumpstart your garden.

Now that you're settling into the special home you chose from Southport homes for sale, you're probably thinking about how to make your home stand out. 

There are so many ways you can make your property a show stopper: tree and shrub removal or cutting back; building up raised beds; restoring sidewalks; repairing or installing an irrigation system; or rebuilding hardscapes such as garden walls, garden bed paver edges, or a pond. You may have to hire a crew to take care of these major jobs, but in the meantime, you can make the rounds at local garden stores and find inspiration for your overall garden scheme.

Here are some hot trends for 2021.

  1. Go wild.
    The trend for wild gardens emerged a few years ago and has really caught on as more homeowners forgo the tyranny of the water-guzzling, great American lawn and go wild. You'll need to learn about native grasses and perennials, and the soil conditions that will help them prosper. Be sure to add cat-proof bird feeders, bee hotels, and wildflower turf and seeds. Beebalm, Joe Pye Weed, Prairie Blazing Stars, and Black Eyed Susans are just a handful of the native flowers that will thrive in your yard.

  2. Raised beds rule.
    Speaking of giving up part of the lawn in '21: raised beds still rule from 2020, whether you're growing vegetables to eat or flowers to cut. Buy frames for raised beds at the garden center, then put them together easily. Fill them with garden soil and compost. Plant your plants or seeds and top off with mulch. You can lay raised beds out in attractive patterns with pavers in between for easy access to harvest your flowers or vegetables. Sure, raised beds are utilitarian but they can also look beautiful.

  3. Herb gardens galore.
    Most gardeners get into herb gardening to have herbs such as parsley, basil, rosemary, and sage on hand for cooking. But the better you get at raising herbs, the more diverse kinds you'll want. How about "Hot and Spicy" oregano or the mushroom plant (from Suttons), with spinach-like foliage (tastes a bit like umami) and enchanting blue flowers in the summer? Don't forget to try some scented herbs such as lemon balm and scented geranium. 

  4. Indoor/outdoor living.
    This is scarcely a new trend, but it sure has grown since the lockdown. Create a protected garden space using a patio or breezeway, or lay some paving stones for an outdoor kitchen. Use the house or erect a structure to protect your recreational space from the wind; for shade, use umbrellas, canopies, a pergola festooned with wisteria or an old climbing rose, or plant shade trees. You can go as elaborate as you choose, from installing a full-scale kitchen, or go with a firepit, some classy patio furniture, and maybe a portable grill. Whatever you do, don't forget the containers with splashes of colors — pansies, marigolds, petunias, or dazzling blue catmint, Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas.'

Our real estate agents always have great tips for getting your property ready to sell. Contact us today.