Re­vamp and go for im­pact

Small touches can make your gar­den in­stantly more ap­peal­ing and wel­com­ing

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a sen­sory im­pact. Plant aromatic shrubs such as English roses, laven­der, star jas­mine or a gar­de­nia near the en­trance or be­side a pa­tio.

Buy three large but dif­fer­ent sized con­tain­ers for a pa­tio or near an en­trance and fill them with flow­er­ing roses or colour­ful an­nu­als. For a sunny con­tainer, try salvias, marigolds or petu­nias. For a shady pa­tio, try be­go­nias or lo­belia.

Gar­den lighting is an at­trac­tive bonus. The pos­si­bil­ity of night use will be ap­peal­ing to the prospec­tive buyer and will pro­vide you with an ex­tra room when en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily over the fes­tive sea­son.

Con­sider ex­tend­ing the floor area of a small pa­tio so that there is gen­er­ous room for a ta­ble and chairs. An ex­tra en­ter­tain­ment area is a win­ner in mid-sum­mer.

HOUSE­KEEP­ING

Re­place dead peren­ni­als with colour­ful daisy bushes, agapanthus or laven­der so there are no gaps in the bor­ders. The smaller dead shrubs can be dug out and re­placed ei­ther with more shrubs or peren­ni­als. Dead trees can ei­ther be re­moved or stumped to 1.5m high. An at­trac­tive bird feeder and a creeper will turn the stump into a wildlife fo­cal point.

Fix me­chan­i­cal prob­lems out­doors as you would a drip­ping tap in­doors. If there’s a wa­ter fea­ture, keep it in work­ing or­der – an empty pool or dead foun­tain is very de­press­ing.

It is worth spending a lit­tle money to fix things that will shout ex­pense at a buyer, such as loose gut­ters or cracked paving.

Cut back over­grown creep­ers or low-ly­ing leafy branches.

Scrub the gar­den fur­ni­ture and pop a few colour­ful cush­ions on the chairs when guests or prospec­tive buy­ers ar­rive.

Get rid of punc­tured foot­balls, tins of paint and the grass box from the last-but-one lawnmower and dump them. Do any­thing which makes the place look loved and love­able.

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