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Seaside Reverie

extraordinary Cape Cod home

A white picket fence separates the garden of this home from the road, which leads to the beach a short walk away. Photo by Eric Roth

This extraordinary Cape Cod home by the sea was no different. “Fortunately we were able to achieve a delicate balance and arrive at a very gentle solution that fit the overall aesthetic goals set by our clients,” says Lombardi.

The architect explains that taking the landscape to the next level was really about working with Mother Nature. The team removed some existing shrubs and greens to allow the site to shine, which Lombardi says ultimately allowed the homeowners to develop a simple program for daily life and recreational enjoyment. “This also meant interpreting a very traditional Cape garden palette, relying on the many different types of hydrangeas, daylilies, boxwood, daisies, and climbing roses in conjunction with flowering perennials,” says Lombardi.

Given that a majority of the site is within a flood zone, Lombardi also had to integrate easy-care and salt-proof varieties of indigenous beach grasses and shrubs including Amelanchiers, blueberry, Arborvitae, and Viburnums into the property’s plantings. All are low maintenance, hardy plants perfect for challenging seaside conditions. “In all, the project looks like it evolved in that location over time,” says the architect, “eschewng pretense in favor of a natural delight in understatement and quality.”

Today, the landscape—a quiet, beautiful seaside escape—is lovingly maintained by Parterre Garden Services, Lombardi’s garden care and property management firm, ensuring that a unique coastal refuge thrives for years to come.

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Andrea McHugh is a freelance writer and a gardener who lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

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