Marquette has been a partner in John Fluitt’s landscape design studio for 17 years so giving his home an exterior and garden facelift was truly a labor of love.
The first impression is of a home that might easily be found on the eastern seashore. Its white picket fence and chartreuse front door are wonderful surprises.
The symmetry of the small front yard is charming. The stone walkway to the front door separates two square garden areas dressed in wandering Jew, agapanthus and alyssum. Round stone balls add to the sense of geometry Marquette designed for his front garden.
The driveway continues the symmetrical theme. Between the two lanes of the concrete drive is a well-manicured path of grass, leading to the rear garden which is a study in shades of lime green.
Tall dead pine trunks stand like totems, becoming the sculptural frame for a beautiful seating area ~ a large square in keeping with the design style. Rectangles of grass accent the pebble “floor” of this area.
Variegated lime green cannas, purple heart, angelonia, chard and Joseph’s coat attract butterflies and hummingbirds in this space that has the suggestion of a pair of well-designed gardens that are a quiet retreat from the seasonal pressures of landscape design.
Garden Designer Marquette Clay and John Fluitt