When we take clients for showings, landscaping is often a big draw. The average cost of landscaping in the US is about $5,000, but the return on investment is 100%. However, if you are thinking about selling in the next five years, you also might not want to invest a lot in landscaping at the expense of other home improvement projects. To save money and to attract buyers when the time is right, we recommend fast-growing and flowering shrubs for adding curb appeal, in a hurry. 

Camelias are classic North Carolina shrub, that grow quickly! With thick waxy leaves and beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colors and differing bloom times, they are an excellent choice. Partial sun or shade.


Azaleas are another classic quick growing shrub available in many colors that bloom around Easter and can be seen in many Triangle Area yards. Full sun or partial shade.



Weigela is a deciduous flowering shrub that can reach a height of 6.5-9.8ft within two years. 8-10 hours sun per day.



Beauty Bush is another fast-growing deciduous bush that grows 6-10 feet tall and offers a beautiful flower. 4 hours sunlight.



Cherry Laurel is a fast-growing hedge is narrow and tall, producing red berries in winter and white stalks in spring. Full to partial sun to shade. Cherry Laurel is very tolerant.



Photinia is a low-maintenance tree offering serene green foliage that turns red in spring. Full light or partial shade.


Buddleia is another deciduous shrub that also attracts wildlife and pollinators. It can grow from 3-6 ft. Full sun, 8-10 hours of sun.




Hydrangeas are a big favorite in North Carolina and it is easy to see why. They have beautiful flowers and grow fast as well! Partial Shade.


Clematis grows in just a few months with beautiful purple flowers, this is a climbing plant, and can be great for pergolas or unsightly walls. Full sun.



Calycanthus offers a magnolia-shaped flower and a pleasant scent. Perfect for a hedge. Full sun or partial shade.&


Arborvitae comes in many different shapes and sizes from short and full to tall and tapered. Dwarf types can be good to fill in tight spaces. 6 hours of direct sun.



If you are looking for more curb appeal solutions, click to see our curb appeal and seller tips blogs. Considering selling your home and needing a reliable estimate of its' worth? My NC Homes have over 60 years of combined experience in the Triangle. Contact us today!

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