Sunol, California (EastBayDaily) — It’s well known that the housing market has taken a beating over the past few years, and although it’s improving in the Bay Area, to many people trying to sell a home, it doesn’t feel like it’s improving very quickly. In such a competitive market, homeowners are looking for affordable ways to distinguish their property and attract buyers. Western Star Nursery, a Sacramento and Bay Area wholesale nursery, offers simple and affordable suggestions for landscaping and garden improvements that can quickly add value to a home.
The recently released numbers for the S&P Case-Shiller Index showed that San Francisco home sales were up 0.4%—a small increase from the month before, but 14.6% above the 2009 low. Still, home sales are 32.8% below their 2006 peak, and many homes have been on the market for months without attracting interest. As the market traditionally picks up going into the fall, homeowners would be wise to add some touches to the yard now to give their property extra appeal.
“Since the home market continues to stagger, and many homes are still just sitting on the market, why not give your home/property that edge against all others? Upgrade your landscaping with colorful perennials, and you can add real value to a home,” suggests Sally Painter, owner of the Bay Area and Sacramento landscape supply wholesaler. Western Star suggests a few perennials that are in bloom now, and will give the property an extra burst of color year after year.
Mexican daisies (Erigeron karvinskianus) are sunny flowers that usually come in white, pink or lavender with a yellow center. They are a great addition to a yard, as they are drought-tolerant, flower year-round, and attract butterflies. They enjoy sunny areas and need good drainage, so they are ideal for rock gardens or in hanging pots.
Lantanas, sometimes known as shrub verbenas, are a tropical plant with aromatic leaves and flowers that often have multiple colors in each bloom—typically red, orange and yellow or blue and white. They attract bees, butterflies and birds. They are excellent for creating a border or as a foundation hedge.
Sedums are a colorful and hardy succulent, often seen in whites, yellows, deep pinks and reds. They are drought-resistant and deer-proof. They make a lovely border or groundcover.
Ipomoeas, commonly known as “morning glories,” are terrific climbing plants, perfect for winding up a porch or trellis. Their petals unwrap into full bloom in the early morning, and tend to close up again within a few hours. They are an easy way to create shade on a sunny wall, lowering the costs of cooling and heating the house.
“Just by adding some simple landscaping improvements to your yard, you can give the home an inviting touch that will get buyers through your door,” says Sally.
For more ideas on Bay Area and Sacramento landscape design that will add value to a home, or any of Western Star Nursery’s products or services, call them at (925) 862-2411 (East Bay) or (209) 744-2552 (South Sacramento), view them on the web at western-star-nursery.com, or visit one of their locations in Sunol or Galt.
About Western Star Nursery Western Star Nursery is a wholesale nursery in Sacramento and the Bay Area serving landscaping contractors, developers, and commercial nurseries. Founded in 1996 by Robert and Sally Painter, Western Star Nursery has earned a reputation for growing high-quality products and offering superior service. From the most commonly used ornamental varieties to unusual phormiums, they stock a large and diversified selection of 1 gallon through 36″ box trees and shrubs on over 100 acres. They also offer an efficient brokerage service and contract growing. The Western Star staff, many of whom have been with the company since its start, bring with them many years of nursery and customer service experience. Western Star features will-call, delivery and shipping services.
Western Star Nursery has locations in Sunol and Galt, and provides landscape design services and landscape supply to the Bay Area, Sacramento, and northern California. They offer delivery service throughout California and Nevada.
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