If you just had a new pool installed, or you are looking to alter the appearance and feel of an existing one, you may be looking to landscape around a swimming pool. When you envision your dream pool area, you may dream of something completely different than someone else. However, whatever you see in your head likely has some greenery and landscaping involved in the design. Landscaping around a pool can be a bit tricky, as you need to be mindful of roots, attracting unwanted insects, or plants that may drop unwanted items into your pool. Here are six stunning and safe ways that you can create a beautiful setting around your swimming pool.
Utilize Creeping Plants
Creeping plants are plants that grow close to the ground, and instead of growing upward, they grow outward. There are a wide array of creeping plants available in different colors, textures and styles. You can purchase some that look more like grass or ground covers, or you can select creeping plants that flower or bloom. These are a great choice for those who want to add some type of landscaping around their pool, but want the upkeep and maintenance to remain at a minimum. Creeping plants are also a great choice around a pool because they help to absorb water that may be splashed out from the pool, minimizing mud or soil erosion.
Make the Most of Hardscaping
Hardscaping is becoming more and more popular with homeowners who are looking to landscape their outdoor spaces. Hardscaping involves utilizing pavers, stones and or concrete to create patterns or walkways that help enhance the design of a landscaped area. Checkerboard designs are currently one of the more popular examples of hardscaping. You may have concrete or stone squares mixed in with grass squares. This helps to create a contrast in color, while also minimizing the amount of upkeep your outdoor space requires. Hardscaping allows you to create paths or walkways to and from your pool or create unique designs that would not be possible with plants and grasses alone.
Consider Potted Plants
When you are thinking about landscaping around a pool, the last thing that you may consider is using potted plants. Most people opt to plant trees and plants directly into the ground near or around their pool. However, using potted plants has many benefits. One of the biggest is that you do not have to worry about the root system of the plant growing near your pool’s pipes or concrete structure. In addition, you can add color and design by selecting pots that are rich in color, style and design. The design and color of the pot can bring in colors, textures and designs that plants may not be able to bring in, really helping to set the mood and atmosphere to your pool area.
Go Upscale With Hedges
If you are looking for a classic and simple pool design, landscaping around your pool with hedges may be a great option for you. Hedges help to create clean, straight lines, while also adding an upscale appearance that many people commonly equate to pools found in the Hamptons or Hollywood. Some of the lesser known benefits associated with hedges are that they increase privacy, while also helping to create a buffer for sounds between your pool and your home. Lastly, hedges can also be used around your pool equipment to shield your pool pump and other equipment you may wish to keep hidden from guests.
Create a Lush and Tropical Oasis
One of the most common ways to landscape around a swimming pool is to use palm trees and tropical plants to create a lush and tropical oasis. When people think of pools, they often think back to their favorite vacation destination, such as Hawaii, Mexico or the Caribbean. They then want to incorporate some of the trees, bushes, or flowers that they saw at these locations to make their home feel a little bit more like their favorite tropical resort. A tropical oasis may be a little bit more work to maintain, but it can be well worth it to have paradise waiting for you in your own backyard.
Keep It Simple With a Clean Lawn
It may be hard to believe, but, in some cases, keeping things simple can help to create a stunning space. Some homeowners are creating a green outdoor space simply by landscaping around their pool with lush and full grass varieties. If you have a stunning pool, you may want your pool to be the star of your outdoor space. Keeping things simple with a clean and lush lawn helps to add color, while also allowing your pool to shine. However, if you do decide to keep things simple, your lawn needs to look its best. Traditional bermuda grass is often pulled out and substituted with St. Augustine, Zoysia or Buffalo grass species thanks to their rich green color and full and lush appearances.
The Ohio Valley Group, serving the greater Cleveland, Ohio, area, would love to help you landscape around your pool. Our crew is composed of designers, architects and installers, who have the ability to take any dream you may have for your outdoor space and turn it into a reality. If you are ready to learn more about our award-winning space design and want us to help you create the outdoor oasis of your dreams, contact us today.