The pandemic is shaping people’s lives in new ways and causing some to reevaluate what features they want in a home. Now more than ever, potential home buyers are prioritizing outdoor areas, including gardens.

According to a May 3–4 Economic Pulse Flash Survey of about 2,500 members of the National Association of REALTORS®, one in eight said their buyer clients have changed at least one home feature that’s important to them since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The most common features identified are home offices, yard space for exercising or growing food, and more space to accommodate their family.

Gardening offers many benefits: fresh air, exercise, and food for the table. It can be a shared or solitary activity in virtually any part of the country and any housing type.

Inspire your clients by sharing these five types of gardens they can consider in their current or future home.

Victory Garden

Also called war gardens because they were planted during World War II to supplement food rations, victory gardens are again being planted for food and to boost spirits. Landscape architect Ryan Kettelkamp, who has an Evanston, Ill.–based business, Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp, did so in his backyard with his wife and landscape architect partner, Claire Kettelkamp, and their adult sons. “It became a great family project and reminded me of how I learned gardening with my mother’s parents,” he says.