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As we commence another lockdown, it’s reassuring to know that not everything stops. While family gatherings and birthday parties are paused, life goes on. Our social lives mightn’t be as healthy, but one area that continues to prosper is the property market.

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, and this couldn’t be more true as on-site auctions are again halted and virtual technology is relied upon to sell and buy. While every space in your home should be primed when selling, it’s still true that first impressions last – your front garden could be the key to getting a sale, while the backyard could seal the deal.

Spring, when gardens are in full bloom, is no longer the fail safe time to go on the market as it once was, as the appeal of listing homes in other seasons grows. A verdant winter garden is just as desirable – with the right preparations. So, what are the essentials in priming your wonderful winter garden to sell?

Tidy up
It might seem obvious, but the remnants of autumn can make your garden appear unloved. Remove stray leaves, and while you’re at it pull out any weeds. If your lawn is worn, it’s time for a repair or fresh turf. A clean of paths and driveways, trimming unruly trees and shrubs, and laying fresh mulch, gives the impression of a clean and cared for home.

Introduce plants that thrive
If your garden is a show-off during the warmer months and is now looking a little sad, never fear. There are eye-catching plants that flourish in winter. Camelias, azaleas and hellebores (known as the winter rose) feature lovely flowers which come in a range of colours from white to pink and purple, and won’t wilt in the chill.

Embrace colour
A winter garden that stands out is one with colour. Many flowers do well, such as cyclamen, viola, snapdragons, kalanchoes and primulas, available in almost every hue of the rainbow. They can be planted, but also steal the show in pots, making them an easy addition. For a native option, the climbing Happy Wanderer features an abundance of purple blooms.

Keep it low maintenance
Most buyers don’t covet a high-maintenance garden. Mass planting similar species looks stylish and makes for lighter work. Grasses, available in an array of shades and textures, require little care and look smart.

We’re in uncertain times, but it’s the opportune moment to give our gardens some attention, with sellers set to reap the benefits.