Landscape Architect & Specifier News

FEB 2016

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February 2016 59 Esperia South and Commons is a 119-unit, high-end, 28-story condominium development in the Eagle Watch section of the Bonita Bay Community in Bonita Springs, Fla. Set on 2,400 acres, the pool and deck are oriented to take advantage of the easterly views of the 1,400 acres of preserves and westerly views of the golf course, Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape architect's design is curving bands of pavers with 'malt 2', 'malt 2/buff' and 'tan/sienna' color combinations. These 9-wide paver bands were repeated as often as necessary. This same color scheme continues on the upper level living decks, so when viewed from the nearby 28-story tower units becomes an intertwined, serpentine graphic painting. The prominent hardscapes are balanced by the tasteful placement of predominately date palms and linear planters on the pool deck. The green roofs are a pleasing geometry of Zoysia 'Empire' turf and swaths of hardy and wind resistant dwarf Rhaphiolepis, dwarf 'Ice pink' Oleander and 'Green Island' ficus encircling the hardscapes. The medium-bladed, dark green zoysiagrass has excellent wear tolerance, requires little mowing and chemical applications, and is chinch bug resistant. Esperia South & Commons Bonita Bay Community, Bonita Springs Fla. Landscape Architecture by Bruce Howard & Associates, Inc., Miami

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