These Are the Best Plants to Improve Your Landscaping

These Are the Best Plants to Improve Your Landscaping

One of the best ways to improve your property’s curb appeal is by investing in beautiful plants native to your specific area, but there are so many plants to choose from, how do you choose?

We broke up the different plant types and chose a few that would appeal to potential buyers should you decide to sell your house in the near future.

Note: We aren’t going to list flowers because many of these plants produce flowers.

Grass-like plants

Tufted Hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitosa)

Tufted hairgrass is incredibly easy to grow and it thrives in sunny to partially shady spots. THey are a narrow-leaved grass that grows in bunches. You can create a meadow effect along the salt water shorelines if you plant them in bunches of five or more. 

Dagger-leaved Rush (Juncus ensifolius)

Dagger-leaved rush plants grow well in sunny to partially shaded areas and are fairly easy to grow. They have flat leaves similar to iris leaves. They have flower clusters that usually bloom between June and August. These plants would look lovely around a pond or even a stream if one runs through your property.

Ground cover

Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) 

Lady fern plants are easy to grow and can grow in the sun or shady areas. The plant can grow up to four feet in height and as it ages, a short trunk will form where the fronds will spread out. This plant is aggressive and spreads quickly – so be vigilant if you want to keep it contained!

Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata)

Chocolate lilies are beautiful wildflowers that can be used as ground cover in borders or rock gardens and prefer shady spots. You won’t have to worry about deer or rabbits nibbling on them as these plants are naturally resistant due to the somewhat offensive odor.


Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana)

Cascara trees can reach up to 40-feet in height and can grow in full sun or full shade, making them very versatile. These trees have tiny greenish-yellow flowers that produce berries that turn from lime green to a deep purple when they’re fully matured. These flowers are poisonous, but attract birds like the band-tailed pigeon and Oregon ruffed grouse. In the fall, the leaves turn a beautiful shade of reddish purple. 

Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii)

Pacific dogwood are lovely flowering trees whose flowers can be creamy white to a soft shade of pink. They prefer partial shade, but can survive in sunny spots as well. These trees can grow up to 40-feet tall and would look lovely along driveways, near patios, or even in a garden. 


Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana)

Nootka rose shrubs are fairly easy to grow and can thrive in both sunny or partially shady spots. These shrubs are known for their vibrant pink blooms and can grow between 5 to 6-inches in height. If you want to use these shrubs in a garden, you’ll have to prune them to control the spread. When the flowers are in bloom, they’ll attract pollinating insects, butterflies and even some birds. 

Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)

Salmonberry shrubs flower between March and June and they have lovely pink flowers. They are relatively easy to grow and can reach 10-feet in height. They do well in both sunny and shady areas. They attract butterflies and some birds, and they also produce an edible raspberry-like fruit. The shrubs are known to spread and can create a thicket of sorts if left unattended. 


Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula)

Hairy honeysuckle vines are fairly easy to grow and prefer sunny to partially shady locations. These vines don’t necessarily grow vertically, but they could be trained if you weave them in a trellis. They feature pink flowers but they aren’t regular bloomers. These vines are excellent for attracting butterflies!

Orange Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa)

Orange honeysuckle is much like the hair honeysuckle as it is fairly easy to grow and prefers sunny to partially shady spots. These vines do grow upward and won’t suffocate the plants it may climb (they look beautiful growing on shrubs or trees). These vines have vibrant orange trumpet-like flowers which attract hummingbirds and butterflies alike. 

There are a lot of plants that are incredible to add to your property – even if you don’t want to sell. Although, since it’s a seller’s market in most of the nation, it might be a great time to cash in!


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