Sure, having a pool is a wonderful thing on many levels. It’s fabulous for summer fun, entertaining, and fitness, and the kids can’t get enough of it. For some, a backyard pool presents an opportunity for stunning landscape design, accomplished by either using the pool as a focal feature or making the pool itself a work of art. Different shaped swimming pools provide visual interest, and the addition of plants, trees and stones can create a backyard oasis that is as unique as it is beautiful. Create little nooks of privacy by the creative placement of plants, bushes, and shrubs, or install natural stone walkways to add texture and contrast.
Use lighting to add a touch of sophistication, highlighting the beauty of the water as it casts reflections around your entire outdoor space. Outdoor speakers are a great way to enhance your poolside experience as well, and many come in camouflaged designs, some having the appearance of rocks, and some small enough to tuck away, hidden within your landscaping.
Some plants that are recommended to use in pool landscaping are shrubs, ornamental grasses such as pampas grass or fountain grass, which can grow to over five feet tall. Choose flowers that will bloom over an extended period, like dahlias or hibiscus. Some of these flowers may not survive in a cold climate year round, but if that is the case, it could be as easy as putting them into planters and bringing them inside when it gets cold. Evergreens and groundcover also offer good options for poolside landscaping. Plants to avoid would be vines or plants that attract insects or bees, thorny plants like roses or bougainvillea, and deciduous trees that will lose their leaves in the fall, creating a lot of extra work as well as clogging up filters and messing up your pool.
Another way to set your pool design apart is to consider a darker color for the pool walls, perhaps something that will complement or blend with your landscape design. A darker color pool bottom provides great contrast and may also help with heat retention. Installing underwater lighting in your pool not only looks dramatic, but also it allows you to enjoy your pool no matter what time of the day or night it is. One caveat to underwater pool lighting is that it is recommended to install during the build, as integrated lighting can’t be installed after the fact.
Above all, be creative, and imagine your dream pool: there are so many easy and sometimes inexpensive ways to transform a backyard pool. Even if you are working with a design that you had no initial control over, you can easily turn your pool into an architectural feature with plenty of ‘wow’ factor.
Article is courtessy by ParadisePoolPatio.com an Ohio-based swimming pool company.