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Plan Your Perfect Pool Landscape Today

Jan 1, 2018 | Pavement

More and more homeowners are aiming to turn their outdoor space into a multifunctional retreat. This trend isn’t limited to outdoor kitchens and gardens. There’s a plethora of pool landscape additions that add functionality and enhance your existing features.

Your swimming pool provides you a ton of benefits: exercise, fresh air, fun, relaxation, and time with family and friends. A well-designed pool landscape will not just enhance the beauty of your property; it will allow you to make the best use of your outdoor space for any occasion, whether it’s sun-bathing privately or hosting a pool party.


Don’t wait to design your pool landscape

If you’re thinking of getting a swimming pool installed, or you already have a pool but want to redo the landscape, it’s critical to start thinking about pool landscape design now. Designing your pool landscape takes forethought and planning. Our landscape design experts can refine your vision once you’ve decided on the look and features you want. Our 5-step process will ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for.

When considering your pool landscape, keep these points in mind:

  • The size and shape of the pool
  • The unevenness of the terrain
  • The materials you want to use for poolside construction, along with the overall color scheme
  • Additional fixtures you’d like as part of your pool landscape, such as a slide or a hot tub

Also think about the kinds of things you would like to do in your pool besides swim or hang out in the water. Would you want your poolside to have a fun, sporty feel to it, or would you want a more enclosed, intimate garden or patio space?

Once you decide on a look and feel that’s appropriate for your outdoor space, our experts can walk you through specific design features.

Trees can create an interesting backdrop for a swimming pool; however, they often cause problems. Deciduous trees shed leaves like crazy. That’s more maintenance for you as you’ll have to skim leaves out every time you want to swim. Evergreen trees can be just as bad. They drop needles that can be even more difficult to remove than leaves. Rather than planting trees around your swimming pool, opt for a privacy hedge made from Boxwood or Japanese Barberry.

Just because trees aren’t recommended near swimming pools doesn’t mean you have to forego greenery altogether. Tropical plants in large containers can make an excellent backdrop for your pool area. Try some ferns near a fence or retaining wall. You could surround these with hanging baskets full of annuals such as African marigold, geranium or daisies to add bright splashes of color.

The right hardscaping can help tie your plants and swimming pool together. Why not consider a brick walkway that winds gently through your garden on its way to your pool stairs? A trickling waterfall or gushing fountain can also help lend an exotic feel to your backyard and make taking a refreshing dip all the more exciting.

You’ll get more out of your pool with the right landscape lighting. Add a few path lights to your walkway so you’ll be able to get to the swimming pool easily once the sun goes down. A string of lantern lights along a fence could be ideal for a late-night gathering, while lights inside the pool might be better if you plan regular evening swims.

When it comes to landscape pool design, there are plenty of things to consider. We’d love to help you turn your swimming pool area into a work of art that you’ll be proud to show off to your family and friends.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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