When you are driving around Amarillo do you notice the different neighborhoods? Do you notice the different yards and flower beds? It's amazing how much nicer your place can look with some flowers being planted.

Those flower beds you have can really help you out in a couple ways. Planting bright, pretty flowers can make it easier to go home every evening. Driving in your driveway and seeing those colors pop can just put a smile on your face.

Those flowers are one of the first things you notice as you get home. When you are picking out your flowers each year you need to consider a few things. First do you get annuals or perennials? What is the difference?

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Annuals are flowers that you know you will have to plant every year. They are pretty and can spruce up planters and even your flower beds. Just know they will need a redo next year. Flowers such as geraniums, marigolds and petunias are some of the ones you may choose to use. They are annuals and will be needing an update every year. They are great though because they have instant flowers to give your home a nice touch without having to wait.

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Perennials are usually the way I tend to go. They will, with care, come back every year. They are an investment that will keep your flower beds and homes pretty year after year. I have some hydrangeas and daylily's in my flower bed. You can also pick some nice shrubs or bushes that will fill up your garden bed and they will also keep growing.

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Updating your flower bed when you are planning to move is a smart move too. People, looking at homes to purchase notice stuff like that. They may even notice the flower bed first thing when they are looking at homes online or when they first make a plan to visit. Those flowers can be a deal breaker.

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Plus working on planting flowers is good for your soul. Gardening is one of those things that get you outside. It can help calm you. Getting the outside time and the exercise planting can be a win win situation for your home and your health.

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