THE manager of an East Staffordshire gardening centre has given money-saving advice to potential house buyers, after new figures showed a rise in prices.
According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, house prices rose by 3.1 per cent in the year up to June, up from 2.9 per cent in May.
A survey from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said parts of the West Midlands, where prices have been low are where more homes are being bought.
Robert Osborne, managing director for Burton based retailer, Garden For Less, said the rise in prices could mean buyers would have to buy homes with smaller gardens.
He said: “Simple decisions such as whether to plant perennials or annuals will make savings year on year but still allow people to enjoy their homes and gardens.
“Planting fruit and vegetables can provide glut crops which can be frozen for longer periods of times, and for those who lack the space, allotments are a cheaper alternative to paying a premium for more outdoor space.”
He added that herbs, such as basil and rosemary can be grown indoors in pots on the windowsill.