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If you realized this summer that your pool could use a little more pizazz, we want to share some of our favorite ideas for landscaping around a pool.

After all, a pool is such a fun backyard feature, but it can also overwhelm certain areas. You want your pool to fit seamlessly into the rest of your landscaping and tell the same aesthetic story as the rest of your property.

If you’re feeling like your pool, while enjoyable, has become a bit of an eyesore, here are a few ideas to try.

Water Features

You might be thinking, “Wait a second; I thought my pool was a water feature.” It is! But one way you can make your pool feel more at peace with the rest of your landscaping is to incorporate other water features.

We love having fountains or waterfalls that feed into the pool. Not only does this add an extra aesthetic element to the area it also adds a lot of fun! Who doesn’t love some built-in fun?

This pool is an excellent example of what we mean. The fountains on the side provide an extra element of play for those enjoying the pool. The waterfall in the back also adds the beautiful sound of running water that makes a backyard extra relaxing.

Seating Areas

While some guests will be ready to dive right into the pool, others will want to gather around the pool. It’s helpful to provide some extra seating around your pool area and even some spots where people can enjoy their snacks.

Keep in mind that your seating areas should be waterproof! Plenty of people fresh out of the pool will want to sit down too. That means incorporating furniture that dries quickly or built-in cement benches. It has to be poolside ready and comfortable enough for those who aren’t using the pool to still enjoy an afternoon outside.

Check out this layout we did for an apartment complex pool. It provides an excellent spot for dining and chatting next to the pool with shade and a separate area with a firepit for those evening hangouts.


One way you can make your pool feel more connected to the rest of your landscaping is to incorporate some greenery around the pool.

This particular yard had a very romantic style. A pool can look too modern in a yard like that. We incorporated some antique-style planters with pink flowers around the pool. This lets the pool feel more connected to the style of the rest of the yard.

You can also use greenery to add some privacy to your pool if you don’t want the neighbors intervening in your next pool party.

Incorporating a pool in your landscaping?

Whether you’ve got a pool already or want to add one, we’re happy to work with you to make adjustments to your landscaping, so it fits your vision, usage, and aesthetic.

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