Foundation Planting Tips for Your Cape Cod Home

Your Cape Code Property Looks Better with Colorful Nature

Enhancement of the simple lines and cozy ambiance of your Cape Cod style home is the goal when planning the landscaping surrounding your residence. Foundation plantings can add to the charm and comfort of your cedar shake-sided abode if planned with the architectural details and overall look of your property always in mind.

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Luxury Home in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. Beautifully landscaped front yard with flowers, lush grass and bushes is in foreground. Chairs are on the porch. Trees frame the house on both sides.

The Cape Cod style is cozy, but with clean lines catching the eye. Typically the door centers the front facade, with two pairs of multi-paned windows on either side. Shutters match the door color contrast if the door echoes the siding. A low-slung roof overhangs the area directly abutting the house.

Perennial landscaping offers permanence and chance for limited maintenance if you choose plants with care. Because it takes several seasons for bushes, trees, and accent plants to reach mature size, research, patience, and discipline are necessary when planting.

The wall of windows facing the curb invites the outdoors in,  requiring informed imaging of how plants below the sills eventually look as they grow. Taller specimens can anchor the edges of the house, pulling the frame into the landscape without blocking panes or interesting architectural details. Plants below windows need either compact growth habits or pruning and shaping to control their size.

An American flag flies from the open porch and gardens surround a small single family home on a Spring afternoon on Cape Cod on the Massachusetts coast.

The symmetry of a classic Cape Cod tempts homeowners to mirror foundation plantings on either side of the door. Keep in mind that sunlight penetration other conditions vary, affecting the height and spread of identical plants. Consider balancing the effect with container or annual plants or choosing varieties that are less sensitive to differences.

Leave a space between the exterior wall and the plants that is at least two to five feet wide. Damage to foundation walls and cedar shakes is possible if plants and their roots or moisture from irrigation can infiltrate the structural components.

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Historical Industrial Perspectives: Taunton Massachusetts

Located in Bristol County, Massachusetts, Taunton is one of the oldest cities in the United States with a rich history of manufacturing.


Taunton is one of the oldest European-settled towns in the United States. Officially incorporated in 1639, its first English settlers were from Plymouth Colony. Most hailed from the town of Taunton in Somerset, England naming their new home after their birthplace. The founders purchased the land from the Nemasket tribe in 1637.


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From the 1650s into the 1900s, Taunton celebrated its iron-making industry. Investors built forges on the Forge River, in nearby Raynham, and on the Mill River in Taunton. The development followed the discovery of bog ore, an impure form of iron found in wetlands in the region. Taunton’s companies were manufactured iron stoves, tack, locomotives, Civil War rifles, printing presses, and industrial machinery, particularly for textile making, into the mid-20th century.

The Mill River works built by James Leonard in 1670 and operated by his descendants for more than 100 years transitioned to using the river’s power for first a nail and then a textile mill beginning in 1805. Source  Wikipedia.

In 1968 the historic wooden Whittenton Pond Dam associated with the mill industry failed, flooding the city. Concern built again in 2005 when another failure seemed imminent. After draining the Pond, demolition of the wooden structure led to an earthen and rock replacement.

Silversmiths earned an excellent reputation beginning during the 19th century,  Taunton called “Silver City” because of the high-quality items produced. Felt and brick making were also important industries.

Shipping, utilizing the Taunton River, moved grain and other agricultural products from the interior throughout the nation during the 1800s. When railroad transportation experienced growth, the city became a vital hub because of its location.


Today Taunton continues as a robust business center. Myles Standish and Liberty and Union Industrial Parks offer a range of opportunities for the local workforce, including manufacturing, high tech, warehousing, and distribution operations.




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Thanks to the Taunton Historical Society and New England Historical Society for their help.

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