Top ten plants to effortlessly brighten up your garden

Our Britain’s Most Beautiful Garden competition is open to all in the UK, but we particularly want to make the most of this opportunity to give landlords a helping hand with their properties.

We’ve put together our top ten plants for the garden of your rental property – low maintenance and attractive make the best combinations!

1. Nigellas

Colours: White, pink, yellow, blue

Season: Summer

Why we love them: Once these flowers are done for the season, they will set seeds and grow again next year

2. Aquilegias

Colours: Red and yellow/blue and white

Seasons: Late spring/early summer

Why we love them: They look great potted or in a flowerbed and can survive most weather conditions

3. Marigolds

Colours: Commonly yellow/orange

Seasons: Spring, summer, fall

Why we love them: Marigolds are so vibrant, they’ll cheer up any garden!

4. Pansies

Colours: Purple, red, white, yellow, pink

Seasons: Fall and spring

Why we love them: They’re cheap and cheerful, making your budget go much further for a beautiful garden

5. Hydrangeas

Colours: Hydrangeas change colour, depending on the pH level of the soil. More acidic soil will get you blue ones, alkaline soil will give you pink blooms

Seasons: Mid-spring/summer

Why we love them: Hydrangea shrubs keep their colour long into the summer, keeping those warm vibes going as long as possible, before the colder weather sets in

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6. Sweet peas

Colours: Various shades of blue, purple, red and white

Seasons: Late winter/early spring

Why we love them: They smell absolutely gorgeous! Your property is sure to leave a lasting impression when potential tenants leave a viewing with memories of a sweet-smelling garden

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7. Cornflowers

Colours: Mostly blue, but they can also be found in white, red, pink and purple

Seasons: Late spring – autumn

Why we love them: They have the right balance between delicate and edgy, making them perfect for bringing in a younger audience to your let

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8. Poppies

Colours: Commonly thought of as red, but can also be white, orange and yellow

Seasons: Summer

Why we love them: We picked up this tip from Gardeners’ World – they make for a perfect border in your flowerbeds

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9. Pennisetum

Colours: There are a few varieties, largely found in shades of red and yellow

Seasons: Summer – autumn

Why we love it: Its fluffy texture brings a different mix to a garden. There are many different types, so you could plant a sea of varying colours for a mesmerising garden

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10. Lavender

Colours: Purple

Seasons: Survives all-year-round but blooms late spring/summer

Why we love it: It smells amazing and has a variety of uses in the home, from potpourri to flavouring in cooking. In fact, why not plant a whole range of fragrant and delicious herbs? Your tenants will love this touch, and so will the bees!

We hope our top ten plants have provided you with plenty of inspiration for your own garden! Either get it ready and enter yourself or pass on some suggestions to your current tenants and let them know that they might win £250 worth of Love2shop vouchers in our Britain’s Most Beautiful Garden competition!

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