Re: [gardeners] re: Dumb Question now New House

Liz Albrook (
Fri, 2 Oct 1998 15:26:53 +0000

Rosemary Carlson <> wrote:

> Everyone - beware. Lots and LOTS of folks out
> there don't WANT perennial gardens in their yard. Too much maintenance. I
> think that having the rose and perennial gardens are making my house HARDER
> to sell. A shame.

I've investigated this because I'm going to be selling in 3 or so 
years.  I am completely changing my gardens over the next 12 months 
because of it and because I'm going to have much more limited leisure 
time shortly.

It's not that people don't want perennial gardens -- they do.  They 
just want no upkeep.  Fine.  I am taking out all the bulbs and 
putting down landscape fabric.  I'm planting mostly hardy, own root 
roses that require no care.  Rounding things out will be easy care 
perennials that work well as rose underplantings -- things like 
dianthus, snow in summer, caryopteris, catmints, thymes etc.  There 
will be one bed that is not rose based and that will contain 
relatively large herbs.

I've talked to several real estate agents in the area who tell me 
that this sort of landscaping helps sell houses here.  Don't know 
about other parts of the country.