Classic Cape Cod homes evoke feelings of romance and nostalgia. From their weathered gray cedar shingles to their copper weather vanes, these houses are elegant yet informal. The Cape Cod home is built to withstand extreme temperatures, wind and salt spray. These homes coexist with the ocean and so must their gardens. Native plants are good selections. Check out local restrictions and regulations about landscaping nature buffer zones. Never use invasive plants. The garden layout should reflect the clean lines of the home. Plant a traditional lawn and flower beds in the front. Place vegetable and cutting gardens in the back.
Prepare your garden site. Pull out any existing weeds by the root. Remove any twigs or rocks. Rake smooth the soil and grade any slope away from the house.
Spray paint the soil to indicate where you will be planting. Mark the areas where you want the lawn. For a walkway, mark a straight path leading to the front door. Make sure the path is at least 3 feet wide. Mark a flower bed in front of the house on either side of the pathway. Make sure each bed is at least 3 feet deep.
Install automatic irrigation. Choose one zone for the lawn, and set up a separate zone for the planting bed. Amend the soil for the planting bed area. Border the planting bed area with bender board.
Border the walkway with bender board. Excavate the soil about 6 inches. Remove soil. Apply a 3-inch layer of crushed seashells to create the walkway surface.
Plant flowering plants in the beds. Put the tallest plants at the back of the beds. Use bold colors for sunny areas. Use pastels and whites for shady areas.
Install grass sod. Install wooden flower boxes. Fill with potting soil. Plant flowers and trailing plants in the boxes.
Choose a sunny area of the back garden for vegetable and cutting beds. Make sure the area is flat and even. Mark the perimeter for the beds with spray paint. Make sure your beds are 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. Use your redwood boards as a length guide if needed. Excavate a shallow trench along the entire perimeter.
Place the 2x6 plank on its long edge, in one long trench. Secure it with garden stakes. Repeat for the opposite side. Then place and secure the 2x3 planks to form the rectangular bed. Add mulch to the beds. Mix in with the existing soil. Install drip irrigation.
Install sod around the beds. Or choose crushed seashells for a water-wise ground cover. Plant native shrubs at the back of the property or bordering any wilderness area.