Used strategically, flowers can be a powerful tool for increasing your home’s curb appeal. There’s a method to leveraging all those petals to help your property bloom. Follow these tips.

1. Buy a color wheel
Spend a few bucks at your local paint or art supply store on a color wheel to help you understand how different colors relate to one another. Choose flowers with colors close to one another on the wheel for a more harmonious scheme, or colors on opposite sides of the wheel for a complementary color theme. To really mix things up, choose three colors that are equidistant from each other on the wheel.

2. Use color to “enlarge” your yard or garden bed
A monochromatic color scheme can help create a feeling of spaciousness because the eye is not interrupted by other colors. To mix things up, add lighter and darker versions of the same color flowers.

3. Highlight favorite features
Have a fabulous front door? Draw eyes to it by planting brightly colored or white flowers around it. Flowers can be an effective way to accent the architectural features you – and prospective buyers – love.

4. Use white
White can be the most attention-grabbing color in landscaping. White flowers and foliage serve as terrific focal points, make other colors look richer and create a sense of depth in a garden.

5. Don’t forget green
There are so many vivid shades of green to use when highlighting your home. Combining different shades and a variety of foliage textures can add depth and excitement.

6. Anticipate changing seasons
Remember to plan for how the colors of the plants you choose will change with the seasons. Add in some year-round perennials so your yard is still vibrant when flowers wilt in cooler seasons.

Tired of having your green thumb limited to container gardens on your patio? Find out what kind of yard you can afford by talking to a Realtor who knows your neighborhood. Find an agent here.