Pool landscaping is an important element in creating a beautiful and inviting place to relax and have fun. Pool owners typically choose between concrete and wood for the area immediately surrounding the pool. Brick, tile, or inlaid stone are sometimes used, but are generally more expensive to install. There are also many varieties of plants that enhance a pool area, such as flowering plants and evergreens. Before making any firm decisions on pool landscaping, property owners should first determine the overall theme for the area and how much maintenance they are willing to do.
When choosing plants for pool landscaping, it is important to remember that some plants shed more often than others. Plants that shed frequently will require much more clean-up. Not only will dead leaves and flowers end up scattered around the pool area, but often will make their way into the pool itself. Many flowering plants may be attractive, but the mess they leave behind and their potential for attracting bees and insects should be a consideration.
Plants that shed very little and have been proven over time to be adaptable to pool environments are generally considered the better options for pool landscaping. Some flowering plants that fit these requirements include hibiscus, zinnias, and proteas. Flowering vines are also worth considering, as they can be used to enhance fencing and may help create a tropical theme.
Options for fencing should be carefully considered, as the pool area should be made as safe as possible. Fencing should be adequate to keep children and pets out of the area when they are unsupervised. Even if the property owners do not have children, they should be mindful that children within their neighborhood could possibly be attracted to the pool and attempt to gain entry. Ideally, fencing should be about 4 feet (1.2 m) in height and have a gate with a secure locking mechanism. Options for pool fencing include wood slat, chain link, and vinyl, and if money is not an object, stone or block fencing could be used.
Outdoor lighting is another option for pool landscaping. Lighting the pool area makes it safer to use at night and can add beauty and drama. There are many different types of outdoor lighting that are easy to install and reasonably priced. In order to make sure their pool is safe for night swimming, property owners should install lights inside the pool itself.