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New Trends in Swimming Pool Landscaping

  Aug 14, 2015 / by Aaron Steele


A swimming pool is the focal point of your backyard. With the right plants, tables, and accessories, all in the right locations, you can use your pool space to your best advantage.


Is the pool for children? Adults? Family or private parties? Are you looking for something that's kid-friendly with open space for toys, or something cozy and elegant? After you’ve chosen what you want your pool design to be, you're ready to do the work yourself or hire a contractor. Often, a pool builder will be able to price your landscaping for you by partnering up with a local contractor or doing the work themselves, so it's always good to ask them first!  Remember, when planning your landscape around your pool, be mindful of the water filter and pumps.


Redefining Zen

Feng shui landscaping is all about harmony and balance. If you’re looking for your pool area to be peaceful and relaxing, follow these steps:

  • Clear away all clutter.
  • Balance the amount of shade and light.
  • Pick your element (water, fire, etc.) and landscape accordingly



The atmosphere of your landscaping affects the mood of the people in and around your pool. Alter the colors, the kinds of plants, and add unique touches that give your pool the right ambiance.

Inside Out

A lot of people find themselves more comfortable indoors. To have an appealing pool area, bring a little bit of the inside out. Chairs, tables, drapes, sun-blocking shades, and more can all give your pool area that perfect little something extra.


The Ultimate Getaway

If you don’t have the time, landscape your pool area with trees and plants that need hardly any care and pruning.

Simple yet Elegant

Clean lines and soft textures: for a simple look, choose low tones and blend the colors you choose with the same soft palette. Cut the area surrounding your backyard pool with stones or sculptures to add a touch of elegance without sacrificing your style.


A Pop of Color

For people who like bold statements, try a pop of color. Choose one part of your pool area: decoration, stones, plants, sculptures, chairs, tables, etc. and make it stand out. If the general area is white and blue, add a dark purple or red. Catch the eye with a grill or patio set.

A Traditional Twist

Outfit your pool with a fire pit and lanterns, or place screens around the pool so that you can swim into the cooler months.

Lines: Straight and Curvy

Rectangular pools look better with evenly spaced plants and furniture, whereas curved pools go with flowing designs and textures.


DIY Tips

  • Spray pebbles with glow-in-the-dark paint, section off areas around your pool, and line them. This looks great at night!
  • Place plants into pots so they can be easily moved for cleaning and yard work.
  • Spread stones out to cover areas you don’t want grass or weeds to be.
  • Add lanterns to hooks along fences for an elegant lighting touch.
  • Purchase waterproof rope lights and line the area around your pool.
  • Remember to have fun!

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Topics: Backyard Renovation, Pool Features, In-Ground Pools, Best Home Pools, Swimming Pool Ideas

Aaron Steele

Written by Aaron Steele

Aaron is the Digital Marketing Manager for Latham Pool Products. Prior to realizing his dream of working in the swimming pool industry, he spent many years in the software and advertising world as a pixel pusher and script junkie. Aaron is an avid guitar player, weekend novelist, in-home libation manufacturer (aka. Homebrewer) and travel enthusiast. He has lived in exotic locations, climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in the open ocean with sharks, backpacked across Europe, skied the Swiss Alps, dined with the Dalai Lama, survived in a far east jungle for a week with nothing but a poncho and a machete and is currently learning to play the Didgeridoo. All true.