Landscaping a Pool

There are three primary goals to consider when landscaping a pool: beautification, privacy and shade.

1. Beautification. Nothing is as stunning as a lush landscape. Your choices are nearly endless. Colorful flowers brighten the landscape and soften hard surfaces. Visit our Landscape Planning Guide for ideas.

Landscape Planning Guide

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2. Privacy. Creating a sense of privacy around a pool or spa is important. It is not easy to relax when you feel exposed. Trees, shrubs and lattice structures and fencing are all options.

Find the best trees and shrubs for your garden.

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3. Shade. Creating a refuge from the hot sun is important. Trees, shrubs, structures such as pergolas and gazebos and oversized market umbrellas are options. Besides offering escape from the heat, they often create a focal point for the space. When selecting trees, choose nonmessy varieties that won’t drop in your pool.