5 Low-Maintenance Outdoor Plants That Will Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

A plant pro reveals his top 5 picks.

Plants That Will Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal
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Sprucing up your home for the season? If you want your front yard to make the best possible first impression, start with some wow-worthy outdoor plants. To find out which varieties are the most show-stopping (and the easiest to care for), we reached out to Justin Hancock, a horticulturist at Costa Farms, for his top five picks. Plant these gorgeous outdoor plants this spring and watch how they instantly update your home's curb appeal.

To give new plants the best shot at thriving, check the hardiness zones for each plant (listed below). When you only plant varieties that will survive in your zone, your front yard has a better chance of looking well-cared-for.

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Colorful Gerbera Daisies

Red Gerbera Daisies
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Why do these bright and cheery daisies land a spot at the top of the list? They're "perfect for cutting in vases and adding tons of cheer to the front yard," Hancock says. Better yet, they'll bloom in all types of weather. "Some varieties can be a little fussy, but Garvinea varieties bloom nonstop in all types of weather (whether it's 40 or 100 degrees)."

Hardiness Zones (for Garvinea): 7 to 10

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Beautiful, Flowering Mandevilla

Mandevilla Flowering Plant
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Mandevilla is our favorite type of outdoor plant: the type you can plant and forget about. "It blooms nonstop with trumpet-shaped, red, pink, or white flowers, and it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Not only does Mandevilla hold up to heat and drought, but deer and rabbits don't eat it," says Hancock. If you have a fence or trellis in the front yard, opt for the climbing variety. If not, choose the mounding variety that typically stays under 15 inches tall.

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11

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Hardy Hosta

Hosta plants in front yard
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If large trees surround your yard, consider hosta, a tried-and-true favorite for shaded spots. There are hundreds of varieties, so search for one that fits your home's style. "Miniature varieties grow only a few inches across; giant types can grow 6 feet tall and wide. Look for varieties with blue, chartreuse, or green leaves, often variegated with white or gold," recommends Hancock.

Different types of hosta are suited to survive in different hardiness zones, so check the preferred temperatures for that specific variety before bringing it home.

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 (will vary)

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Vibrant Blooming Pentas

Red Pentas Flowers
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"Pentas is a tropical perennial grown as an annual in most areas. Thanks to its tropical roots, it blooms nonstop, even as the mercury soars and humidity makes going outside uncomfortable." Basically, it's the ultimate plant when you want to enjoy blooms during the hottest days of summer. In areas that never experience frost, this option will bloom all year.

Hardiness Zones: 10 and 11

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Hardy, Dramatic Hibiscus

Rose Mallow Hibiscus Flower
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You've met your match if you're looking for big, dramatic (up to 12-inch-wide!) blooms. Hancock suggests looking for perennial hibiscus varieties in shades of red, pink, or white. "It loves heat, tolerates drought, and doesn't mind wet soil, either," making it the ideal plant for a hot and dry climate.

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11

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