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Mix It Up An intriguing lawn design with hardscape surfaces blends in naturally with a tropical landscape in this alluring landscape by Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture. Suitable for Framing Strategically placed potted plants, border plantings of conifers, groundcover and colorful outdoor furniture acquire a unique symmetry in this highly visual pool design from Tidy Gardens Landscapoing Inc. Inspired Connections Blooming potted plants, smoke-colored pool edging and a bridge over two connecting pools create a captivating composition in this design by Platinum Poolcare. Mirror Reflections A swimming pool and a natural pond exist side by side in this delightful combination of nature and architecture from Armond Aquatech Pools. Georgian Oasis This multi-level pool design from Georgia Classic Pool features an array of beautifully crafted stonework. The surrounding borders enhance the private paradise ambiance with plantings of palm trees, knockout roses, gardenias and dwarf mondo grasses. Lily and Erigeron Accents Twilight time brings out the rich colors of nature in this stunning pool design from Kerr Constructions that uses lilies and erigeron for border plantings along with subtle touches of agapanthus and California poppies at the far end of the pool. Paradise Lagoon If you want to transform your swimming pool into a tropical movie set, you can’t do much better than this design which incorporates the sort of wild vegetation you’d find around a Pacific island lagoon. The Swimming Pool as a Nature Preserve A rocky landscape with aquatic vegetation, flowering plants and the great outdoors generate a Walden Pond vibe in this natural pool design from Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes. Postcard Perfection Earth colored pavers of varying hues, raised beds, climbing vines, flower beds and lush green lawn transform this swimming pool into a picture worthy of a postcard. Private Luxury Japanese maples, towering border trees and synthetic grass from Easyturf provide ideal accents for this picturesque courtyard pool. Nocturnal Knockout Nighttime lighting can add a whole new perspective to your pool area, especially in this design which spotlights the trees, potted plants, stonework and other vegetation that surrounds a swim zone. Liquid Carpet A relaxed, out-in-the-country vibe informs this sleek beauty which includes recessed plantings along one side of the pool and an earth-toned paver walkway on the other. Believe it or not, this serene environment is only a few minutes away from downtown Philadelphia. Dynamic Color Palette A pool fountain highlighting the vibrant colors of its diverse tile surfacing makes a bold centerpiece in this pool design that is further enhanced by the lush green border hedge, flowering plants and rainbow hued decorative poles. Surface Textures A mixture of rocks, stone slabs, potted plants, ornamental grasses and groundcover transform the border areas of this pool into a wonderful study in textures and contrasts. Lawn Proud Who doesn’t love the rich green colors of a close-cropped lawn that looks like a carpet created by nature? It this case it becomes the ideal setting for the aquamarine jewel in its center. Green With a Patch of Blue An elegant private pool is almost overshadowed by the lush green oasis that surrounds it in this colorful design. Rock Steady A combination of natural boulders, rocks and pebbles connect two pools via a waterfall stream in this soothing design which adds a touch of the tropical with elephant ear plants and palms.
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Landscape Around Pool

Patios and decks can feature beauty and safety for swimming pool areas. Material options include stamped concrete, limestone, brick, tile, and pavers. Consider non-slip surfaces to protect kid injuries if your pool is used by children. Keep pool access in mind, too. If the cement around your inground pool borders your lawn, and swimmers have to trek through grass to get to the pool. they’ll take debris with them into the pool. Stepping stones and walkways leading to the pool will eliminate that situation to a large extent and provide a natural path to your pool. Landscape borders with polished river rocks to match the decor of your pool area. Besides blending well with waterscapes, river rocks are smooth and rounded enough that they won’t hurt bare feet.
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Landscape Around Pool

Evergreen plants are typically the most recommended for pool landscaping before they stay green year round and don’t shed a lot of leaves that could get into your pool and pool filter. If you go for evergreen trees, they’re also great for privacy. Low-growing evergreen shrubs and dense ground covers such as juniper and dwarf nandina provide nice barriers and filters between the yard and pool and prevent leaves, mulch, and other debris from blowing onto the patio and into the pool.
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Landscape Around Pool

Many pool owners add gazebos, arbors, pergolas, and other shade structures to pool areas to tie swimmers places to cool off before heading back into the pool. Pool houses and cabanas are also popular options and give guests a place to relax when they’re not in the pool.
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Landscape Around Pool

Before you start landscaping, you’ll probably give a lot of thought to the look you want to achieve and how your space will be used. For instance, do you want a classic landscape design or a minimalist one? As previously mentioned, different pool landscaping themes include natural, tropical, and modern, and homeowners typically try to extend the vibe of a home to the pool area. This means that if you have a traditional home, an overly designed and modern pool landscape may not be for you. Consider the materials and colors used in your home and apply them to your poolscape. 
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Landscape Around Pool

If you use boulders, make sure they fit into the theme of the total design. One of the biggest head-scratchers is when people plop a single boulder around a pool that has no business there. As a general rule, a pool is either naturalistic or not. If yours falls into the “not” category, please stay away from the boulder. Now, with that said the proper use of boulders can transform a pool area into an oasis. Based on my experience, boulders are best utilized when they are used in groups and with an abundance of pool landscaping.
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Landscape Around Pool

Incorporating plants into your pool’s landscape design can be a sticky wicket. For one, you want to ensure you don’t select plants or trees that shed leaves, seeds, needles or other debris that can be swept into your pool. Secondly, fruit trees and other bee-attracting plants can be a nuisance to swimmers. You also want to know what types of shrubs, flowers and trees do best in your region and climate. Tropical plants do well here in San Diego, and blend with the existing natural landscape, but this won’t be the case on the East Coast.
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Landscape Around Pool

Boulders should be in context to your pool’s design. If you’re not going for a natural look, boulders will seem out of place. If you do use boulders, it’s best to group them around the pool and include them amidst lush landscaping otherwise they will look too stark against your pool.

A backyard pool is a beautiful thing. Often the centerpiece of a property, a pool’s landscaping can make or break the look of your swimming space. Decking, plants, lighting – it all adds ambiance and depending on what you want, privacy as well. So, whether you’re installing a new pool or renovating an existing one, read on for insight into how to take poolscaping to the next level.
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As opposed to potted plants, planters are a permanent feature of your pool landscaping area. They are typically incorporated into a design as a flat open area in the pool patio, or as an elevated feature adjacent to benches or walls. Either way, planting beds are a great way to bring diversity and vitality to any poolscape. Take a look at how this planter is incorporated into the pool deck. Notice how it breaks the monotony of the open area. From a budget perspective, it also reduced the amount of square footage of the patio which lowered the cost of the project.
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Easy entry to your pool is a must in most cases, so overdoing boulders and other typically potential stumbling areas may be ill advised. Good visibility is also a key concern, and will inform where you place landscape and pool lighting.
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Fencing around pools is typically adopted when homeowners have small children. Privacy is another reason to add a fence, which you can jazz up with training vines for a softer look. The type of fence you choose depends on your aesthetic preference, but options include aluminum, wood, and PVC, which can be molded into a variety of looks. Take into consideration whether or not you have a salt water or chlorine pool before adding a fence, because the salt can corrode some fencing materials. Many inground pool designs with fences tend to feature black ornamental aluminum fences because they have a simple look and require little maintenance.
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This multi-level pool design from Georgia Classic Pool features an array of beautifully crafted stonework. The surrounding borders enhance the private paradise ambiance with plantings of palm trees, knockout roses, gardenias and dwarf mondo grasses.

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