Britain's favourite flowers revealed

As the weather gradually improves and it finally starts to feel like spring, it's time for garden-owners to venture outdoors, exercise their green fingers and improve the aesthetic appeal of their homes by planting their favourite flowers and shrubs.

If you are in need of some inspiration, the latest survey conducted by Which? has collected responses from more than 3,500 of their members to discover their top rated flowers.

Fuchsias topped the list of the best-loved bedding plants followed by geraniums and sweet pea while lavender took the top spot in the perennials ratings.

Green-fingered Britain's top five shrubs were fuchsia, buddleia, azalea, hydrangea and camelia and clematis was voted the best flowering climber.

These plants come with a price tag though as Which? also revealed that, on average, those surveyed spent £100 on flowering plants, seeds and bulbs in the last 12 month while the biggest spenders admitted to forking out over £500 to perk up their gardens.

Last year the Daily Mail reported that the Office for National Statistics recorded a 2.6 per cent fall in the cost of gardens, plants and flowers in 2012, but property guru Phil Spencer claimed that as a nation, Britain is still spending £5 billion a year on our gardens in his blog for

So, the question is does a well-maintained garden ever add value to a property?

Spencer, who appears on Channel 4's popular property programme Location, Location, Location, has previously said that good use of outdoor space can increase the value of a home by up to 20 per cent and it seems logical that an eye-catching garden would appeal to most house-hunters.

However, Jonathan O'Shea, a partner in estate agent Fine and Country, warns against going overboard on expensive landscaping and designer gardens. He said: "Ornate designs are always expensive and can be family-unfriendly. If landscaping results in a series of small, enclosed areas, these are no good for kicking footballs around. I've seen properties where owners have spent as much as £30,000 on paving, decking and smart new hedges and I've had to tell them it's all very nice, but they won't get their money back."

Do you think improving your garden adds to your home's value and will you be out planting any of the top-rated flowers this spring? Tell us in the comments below.

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