Chrysanthemum in Centennial, COColor is the personal finishing touch that pulls a landscape together. It takes time and a bit of money, but the results are worth the effort. Plan color for maximum impact with minimal expense and effort. If you're going to list your Southwest Denver home, color matters!

Put flower color where you want to focus your attention. To make a small space feel larger, place warm colors (red, orange, and yellow) in the front of a garden and cool colors (blue, green, and purple in the back.

The most pleasing landscapes are those where color is uncomplicated. Too many shades and hues do little to enhance a house. Keep the planting in your front yard simple. Generally, a lot of busy color in the front is not a good feeling. Use a single color for a calm appearance.

Color is most effective when snuggled next to something green. Color needs the green backbone behind it to work well, and it should enhance your shrubs. Don’t put annuals out in the middle of the yard. They will get lost without a green backdrop.

A great local location for color inspiration is the Owen Rose Garden along the Willamette River not far from downtown Eugene. Regionally, Portland's famous International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is one of the world's best. Portland has two other rose garden parks: Ladd Circle Park & Rose Gardens (SE 16th Ave & Harrison St.) and the Peninsula Park Rose Garden (700 N Rosa Parks Way). But you don't have to be a master gardener to build value into your own home -- just learn some key tips that pay off, use a little elbow grease and you'll be glad you did!

Mark Weisman has been a realtor with HomeVenture Real Estate Partners since 1995. Contact Mark to find that perfect home with that perfect garden for you and your family: Mark@HomeVenture.com or 541-489-5678