Plants that can devalue your home
The top 10 worst plants
- Ivy (67%)
- Pampas Grass (55%)
- Conifer Trees (50%)
- Wisteria (49%)
- Magnolias (47%)
- Privet (36%)
- Geraniums (31%)
- Bamboo (29%)
- Carnations (18%)
6,000 people were surveyed for our study to find out the common garden plants which leave a bad impression when it comes to selling houses. The results give some key pointers for those who want to maximise the value of their homes.
Leylandii topped the poll with seven out of ten respondents concerned about the speed at which the plant grows. Ivy, another old favourite, came second on the list with 67% of respondents revealing the potential building damage the plants could cause would put them off a property if it was covered in dark green leaves. Pampas grass completed the top three with half of those surveyed revealing that the plant's old fashioned look and shooting stems would put them off buying a house. Check out our top ten plants to avoid in the garden.
Plants named and shamed
The study indicates that Britain is becoming a nation of plant snobs. We prefer attractive flowers to hardy perennials like the traditional magnolia (47%) and geranium (31%), which also appear in the top ten. Many respondents revealed thought these flowers were old-fashioned, preferring instead more modern and exotic plants. Other plants to be named and shamed included carnations, wisteria and conifer trees.
Other garden turn offs
It’s not only plants that can devalue a house. See our list below of top turn offs:
Plants that add value to your home
It’s not all bad news though! The survey revealed what attracted people to a garden and how this could add value to their home.
If you're now worried that your garden is the epitome of all that is hated by home buyers, don't despair - read our guide to choosing plants for your garden.