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1950's Cape Front Yard Ideas

Posted by jrcough MA (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 21, 12 at 16:07

Hi, I have a 1950's cape and my front yard is BORING. I am looking for some ideas on what I can do to change things up. New shrubs? Walkway? Bigger mulch beds? Any help would be appreciated! By the way, the house is in New England and the front yard gets sun all day long. Thanks!

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My family has the exact same house on the Cape. It was my grandparents retirement home. My family still enjoys this cottage during the summer.
I use to visit it when I was a horticultural intern and a design student in Cambridge many years ago so I have years of doodles and sketches of what I would do if I was to move back east ( I'm now in CA ) and enjoy gardening on this piece of property.

I've always envisioned a main path from the front door to the street. Even though we always enter through the jalousie, I like the sense of gracious entry to the front door.
For practical reasons I would keep the path from the driveway to the jalousie and continue it past the front door to a quaint focal point , perhaps a rose covered swing.

I like the quintessential Cape Cod plants : climbing roses, hydrangeas, yew, viburnum, daylilies , baptisia, hosta and peonies.

As far as hardscaping goes, I love the wood fences, mail box and light poles from Walpole Woodworkers and have always imagined installing one of their picket fences across the front with a small boxwood hedge infront.
Our stoop is also brick and we have a New England slate path .

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RE: 1950's Cape Front Yard Ideas

Thanks everyone! Very helpful. I think we are going to combine all 3 ideas. I'll post pics when we pull the trigger.

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