Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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guardhouse, the fountain's lowest circular basin has eight white-water jets to accentuate the circular shape. The next four scallop-shaped levels each have six linear water jets to direct views toward the fountain terminus and the guardhouse. The very top level is another circular basin with five heavy white- water jets. Impressive mature landscaping highlights the water features. The landscape design aimed for a simple plant palette, yet one that was mature at installation. The primary palm species are the 'Medjool' date palms and royal palms. The Royal palms were 30' tall at time of planting. The shade trees were primarily 18' live oaks ( Quercus virginiana ). Accent trees were primarily 18' 'D.D. Blanchard' magnolias. Flowering trees were strategically placed for maximum visibility during their flowering season. The shrubs and groundcovers were also a simplified palette. Where room allowed, the landscape architects specified three heights of plants for an elegant layered effect. Seasonal plantings are only used at the very front of the entrance. The MiraLago entry was awarded the 2016 Florida's Best special judges award from the Builders Association of South Florida. Above: The main field pavers are 'Sand Dune' colored 'Stonehurst' style pavers in an ashlar pattern (6"x9", 9"x9", 9"x12"), and 4"x8" 'Coffee Grey' blend brick pavers in a herringbone pattern. Soldier courses of 4"x8" pavers and 18" wide banding in standard concrete accent the hardscape. Left: The impressive 66' diameter, three-tiered circular fountain has 9 heavy white-water jets in the large precast concrete bowl at the top level. The water cascades from the bowl into the upper basin, then spills down the stone clad walls to a lower basin that is 2' above the roadway to give drivers optimal views of the fountain. Both the roundabout fountain and scalloped fountain (left) are framed by Phoenix Dactylifera 'Medjool' date palms. Other palm species include coconut palms (Green Malayan and Maypan curved trunk), Chinese fan, Silver date, Royal, Foxtail and Single Montgomery palms. Team Owner: Lennar Homes, Miami Architects: Pasqual Perez & Kiliddjian, Miami Landscape Architects: Witkin Hults Design Group, Hollywood, Fla. Landscape Contractor: Dixie Landscape, Miami Fountain Contractor: Worldwide Pools, Miami Specialty Paving: Tremron July 2017 73 Acalipha Wilkesiana Dwarf Dark Maroon Coleus Downy Jasmine Dwarf Firebush Ground Orchid Yellow Dwarf Ixora

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