Looking at landscaping your property and not sure what plants to run with? Look no further than the fragrant classic, the rose.
A well-manicured rose garden is a sure-fire way to impress buyers when inspecting a property, and can add tens of thousands to the value, says Cameron Nicholls, Director of . He says a well-tended garden is a living piece of art, which can kick off a great first impression in the front yard, or give a great finial finish in the back yard.
“The perception of value increases when a buyer can see a lot of time and effort has been invested in the space. This is related to the emotions a buyer feels, and how much more they are willing to pay,” Cameron says.
Something for everyone
Coming in a wide variety of style, shapes, sizes, colours and perfumes, roses are versatile creatures, growing well in the ground, raised planters or even pots, meaning even the smallest courtyard or front porch can be prettified with a couple of classics in stylish pots.
Range wise, roses come in all shapes and sizes, from the common hybrid tea rose with their large distinctive blooms, the small to medium clustered breeds, to the climbing and ground cover varietals. Miniatures have tiny flowers on a low bush, which are perfect for pots, while shrubs roses are great for hedging and formal gardens. They also cover the colour spectrum – from classic reds, pinks and whites, to soft yellows and lilacs or unique mixed colour blends.
Unique and luxurious sells
Roses not only have a velvety look and heady bouquet that scream expensive; new varieties and colours are released annually, meaning you can create a completely one-of-a-kind garden. And as any one that’s ever bought a house before would know, it’s these unique details that cause us to fall in love with a specific house – and significantly raise what we’re willing to pay if there’s more than one buyer in the mix.
And while they’re a no brainer for classic or federation style homes, they can also work to luxe up a modern home. “Work with the extensive range of colours available and follow the colour scheme of the façade. Blend the roses in with cannas, dahlias, ginger lilies, tree ferns and palms for a fresh look,” Cameron suggests.
How much do rose gardens cost?
A garden filled with mature roses is not going to come cheap, so if you’re planning to put in a substantial garden and don’t have an especially green thumb, consider using a landscape designer to make the most of your investment. They’ll be able to pick the best style of rose to suit the position, soil condition and your style of home. Wholesale rates are generally available for bulk ordering.
If you’re going to DIY, find your closest rose specialist and talk to them about what look you want to achieve. They will understand local weather and soil conditions, and be able to advise you on choosing and caring for your plants.