Landscaping is taking an increasingly important role in selling houses, making it all the more important that builders learn to collaborate with top landscape professionals. Among tips from builders: Look for design firms that win awards–they’re the ones striving to do high-quality work. Bring in consultants early so they can help shape plans for the house and integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Seek out local nurseries that offer plants that will thrive in the area. New hybrids don’t need much water and still offer variety in color and growth patterns to keep outdoor spaces interesting.

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