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Cape Cod Style Guide

Use this design sheet to help you create the perfect Cape Cod landscape. You'll get ideas for color, décor, materials, plants and fabric. It is a great starting point for any landscaping project.

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When spring rolls around and the days grow warmer, you'll want to be outside after a long, cold Waterbury winter. If your backyard landscape features an outdoor fireplace, even the nippiest evenings offer a warm hearth in the emerging gardens. As summer heat and humidity arrives, a ceiling fan dangling from your pergola keeps air moving until breezes punch through. If you've got an outdoor space that makes it comfortable to be there, you'll never want to come back inside again.

But if you want to look at landscapes that are planted with all the color and beauty you desire, you'll have to head for New Haven and the Marsh Botanical Garden on the Yale University campus. This coastal town features some of the best historic homes in the area, so it's a great place to cruise the neighborhoods for ideas. But you won't see the best unless you sign up for a home tour to discover how these folks are creating fabulous outdoor living spaces to match their century old homes.

There's also the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford where you'll find a wide variety of planting themes and a great display of both native and exotic species that thrive in the area. This beautiful upscale community is experiencing changes toward expanding smaller homes by creating outdoor rooms for relaxing, dining and grilling. Devoted foodies will find such specialties as pizza oven, wine chiller and even an outdoor fireplace that brings the good life to high end yards for as many months as possible.

Design of your outdoor living spaces should be carefully considered to obtain the greatest benefit for the best price. This requires knowledgeable landscape architects, designers and contractors working in concert to create that entertainer's patio you dreamed of.

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