If you’re preparing to sell your house, then you’ll have heard all about curb appeal: the importance of making a good first impression on prospective buyers. One of the best ways to increase the curb appeal of your home is to add a few plants to your garden. However, if you’ve got a brown thumb where a green one should be, it can be tricky to know what to put in the ground. Here’s our guide to the outdoor plants that don’t die in an Australian climate:
Succulents are generally a very easy plant to maintain. Aloe Vera is happy in the ground or in a pot, and only needs some water to help it get established, and from then on it’s only rarely in need of watering. It’s hardy and green, plus you’ve got a ready supply of soothing aloe in case of sunburn.
Madagascar Dragon Tree
It’s got a fancy name and an impressive appearance, but the Madagascar Dragon Tree is by no means high maintenance. With a colourful spray of leaves, it makes a big impact for very low effort – just put them in a bright area but out of direct sunlight and they’ll thrive without too much watering.
Bring variety to the height of your plants – they don’t all have to be in the ground – and hang a Ribbon Plant or two from the roof of your veranda or place it on a plant stand. They like rainwater rather than tap water, and plenty of light.
With bright pink flowers that last for ages, the Bougainvillea is a reliable climber that’s not fussy about soil type (it just needs good drainage). They enjoy being in the sun all day long but will still put on a great show with just a few hours of sun. Use a hibiscus fertiliser to make sure they get the balance of nutrients they require.
While roses might not be on your list of most resilient flowers, they are actually very hardy and are among the top plants that don’t die easily. An established rose garden is a gift that keeps on giving, but even in pot plants they look lovely and are easily maintained.
Also known as the ‘cast iron plant’, Aspidistra is best known as an indoor plant, but can also be planted outdoors in a shady spot. It only needs infrequent watering – perfect for newbie gardeners.
Don’t be fooled by the unusual name; Zygocactus is a very unfussy plant that doesn’t like too much water (ideal if you’re likely to forget). Another succulent, they also have pretty little flowers in winter and are also a good candidate for hanging baskets or plant stands as their leaves tend to grow droopily.
Echeverias are cute little succulents that make great ground cover and come in a variety of shapes and hues. They’re so easy to grow that you can just pull a leaf off one, lay it down on the soil and it’ll grow another plant. They like desert conditions, so, full sun and not too much water. Oh, and they’re another succulent.
With their big bright flowers, Geraniums may look like hard work, but they love warm weather, plenty of sunlight and a bit of water. When the flowers dry out and die, pull them off to promote growth.
To grow a zinnia, just scatter its seeds over an empty flower bed and watch them come up in a huge variety of colours and sizes for a big impact flower bed.
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