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Not everyone is blessed with a “green thumb.” Some of us in fact are the kind of people who can kill a plant just by looking at it. That does not have to mean however that if you don’t have the spare cash to employ a full time gardener that you have to be stuck with a plain, boring back (or front) yard.

This is especially important if you are planning to sell your Houston home. Aside from the all important curb appeal, great landscaping can help create an image in home buyers minds of just how much they would enjoy being out there. Often they are looking for good outdoor space – but not space that is too hard to maintain – so a little clever outdoor staging is as important as your indoor staging efforts.

As I just mentioned though, you do not have to be a master gardener to create an outdoor space that will appeal to potential home buyers. Here are just a few landscaping ideas that call for absolutely no gardening experience at all, but can still help you create a stunning outdoor space that buyers will love with relative ease, or simply that you will get far more enjoyment out of this summer if you are not selling your home.

A Water Feature

A water feature can beautify even the smallest of gardens, and since they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes can be by far one of the more affordable ways to liven up your outdoor space. In addition to looking pretty themselves, a water feature of any size will usually attract birds to your garden – adding even more beauty and interest without you having to lift a finger.

Permeable Paving

Grass can be a real pain in the you know what. It can be difficult to say the least to maintain (or even attain) that lush golf course green and the mowing and watering is time consuming to say the least. For those with a garden with large expanses of grass reclaiming some of that space and then turning it into a paved patio area can be a great alternative.

There are great alternatives to traditional hardscape patio materials that you might want to consider though. Permeable paving materials like gravel or mulch, even recycled glass beads make great choices as well.

Add An Alternative Garden

A Zen rock garden – known as a karesansui in Japan – is a different type of garden in that it actually contains very little plant life at all – good news for those who have a less than green thumb! Instead, it consists of an assortment large rocks that is placed on top of a bed of gravel or sand. The idea is to then rake the surface in circular and wave shapes that mimic the flow of water to create a sense of calm and well-being, promoting peace and relaxation.

Building your own Zen rock garden in the backyard is really not hard at all and in fact if you do not have a grassless surface to create it on (or you really are not up to a lot of digging) you can even choose to create your Zen rock garden in a simple sand pit. Once you have your sand or gravel in place how you place the rocks onto it is up to you – there is no right or wrong way to go about it.

Pretty Planters

A plain patio, deck or even a porch or front entryway can be almost instantly transformed with the addition of some pretty planters that contain a nice hardy plant or two. A set of planters can add color, charm and visual interest that will make an immediate landscaping impact. Need ideas about what to put in them? Tulips, dahlias, poppies and daisies are all easy to grow, hardy choices.

Add a Window Box

If you do not have much of garden – or don’t even have one at all – a window box can still let you imply to potential home buyers that they will still be able to enjoy all the fun of gardening while enhancing the “curb appeal” of the outside of your home.