of New England
Design and General Contracting
497 Main St., Groton, MA
cept, allowing themselves some artistic license
to create a setting that had both screening
power and party punch. Take the way they hid
the air-conditioning units. “We couldn’t do a
green hedge,” says LeBlanc. “It would have required a whole row of large, soil-filled — and
therefore heavy — planters.” So he did the unthinkable for a landscape architect known for
his proclivity for native plantings: He installed
a hedgerow of artificial boxwood.
In front of the faux plantings, he added
a parallel row of real greenery. That, too, took
some cunning. He used tall, durable, lightweight fiberglass planters (wood or concrete
would have been too heavy), filled them halfway with foam, then added just enough soil for
day lilies and dwarf Pennisetum grass to thrive.
Bingo! The eye sees the real greenery first, and
the overall impression is of an inviting garden. “We knew if we were bold, streamlined,
and simple enough, we could pull it off,” says
LeBlanc. Containers placed around the deck
hold seasonal plantings for extra floral interest.
Gauthier and Stacy capitalized on the
streamlined ethos by placing a 22-foot-long
woven-resin banquette with all-weather chenille cushions in front of the day lily and Pennisetum row. “The banquette is the major focal
point of the deck,” says Gauthier. “It provides
so much versatility for entertaining.” The designers completed the look with a round, faux-stone dining table, contemporary teak dining
chairs, and a pair of Louis XV-style upholstered
teak bergeres. Antique iron lanterns and table
lamps add to the style consciousness of the outdoor living room.
The rooftop terrace is a three-season
entertaining haven. The neutral color scheme
is timeless and the pale fabrics complement the
weathered gray teak furniture and mahogany
decking. “We wanted it to be very subtle and
sophisticated, so we kept to a monochromatic
palette in gray, tan, and taupe,” says Gauthier.
LeBlanc’s plant choices offer garden
interest for many months. The day lilies, for
example, have an early-season
for more leaf, then bloom in summer,
details, see and the dwarf Pennisetum is a
resources late-season grass that offers ap-
pealing fall color.
“They use this terrace from spring through
fall,” says LeBlanc. But, says Gauthier, summing up the true appeal of the space: “The city
is the picture behind it all.”