Stage your Vermont Home to sell this summer: Refresh Your Garden!

New Haven Home

The day-lilies in this New Haven garden have passed their prime, but the perennial gardens at this historic Vermont home are stunning year after year...

August is here and with it, the Vermont garden doldrums. While gardens in May, June and even the better part of July were abundant with vibrant flowers and verdant greens, August gardens, even with the recent rains in the Middlebury area, resemble faded watercolor paintings.

This doesn’t have to be the case. Adding pops of color and bunches of fresh greenery at the end of the growing season will stage your property with new life and visual interest.

It’s also a wonderful time to re-visit local nurseries. Rocky Dale Gardens, in Bristol, features a wide array of stunning plants, even at the end of the season. On July 31st and August 1st they are holding their annual “Front Porch Perennial Sale” where “plants, pots, tools and other items” can be purchased for 50 percent off their original prices.

Greenhaven Gardens & Nursery, located in New Haven, is another “must visit” on the August list. They offer a fantastic selection of annuals and perennials, in eye-catching colors and combinations.

Middlebury Home with gardens and pool

An English-style perennial garden abuts a lovely pool in this Middlebury listing

The use of decorative containers is one way to add pizazz to any garden. Urns filled with bright fall mums or coleus, ferns or grasses, add a touch of whimsy and beauty to an otherwise plain space.

Adding hardscaping, such as a low stone wall or brick pathway, adds character and depth to  outdoor spaces. Landshapes, located in Richmond, provides beautiful backdrops to gardens of all sizes with elegant stone stairs, pathways, walls and more.

Stone statues are another way to add interest in a late-summer garden. The Garden Arts Landscaping Store, offers a variety of art for the garden. Mr. Twitter’s in Rutland, is well-known for the variety of unique garden statues, birdbaths, and has a wonderful selection of  everything else garden-related in its eclectic shop on Route 7.

If you love the idea of giving your end of season garden a fresh pick-me-up, but want to take a DIY approach, you might be interested in one of the following books on the subject:

  • Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants, by Debra Lee Baldwin
  • Container Gardening: 250 Design Ideas & Step-By-Step Techniques, by Fine Gardening
  • Easy Container Gardens, by Pamela Crawford
  • Landscaping with Stone, by Pat Sagui
  • Design Ideas for Home Landscaping, by Catriona Tudor Erler
  • Garden Stone: Creative Landscaping with Plants and Stone, by Barbara Pleasant

These are just a few creative suggestions for making your summer to fall garden looking its best. Many more resources can be found at your local library, bookseller or garden center.

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