Landscape Features That Can Boost the Look of Your Pool Area

Poolside relax chairs in garden style swimming pool

A backyard pool will quite likely be the centerpiece of your yard. So, what is the best way to landscape around it so you’ll get the best look with the least upkeep?

While there are some things you can do on your own, you’ll want to be sure to take into account how the plants you add will mature over time.

Something that is attractive at 2 feet tall can grow quickly and drop leaves and debris into your pool in just a couple of years. Research the best plants, shrubs, trees, and ornamentals that will survive and even thrive when planted next to a pool, and also blend in well with the rest of your landscaping.

What to Keep In Mind When Landscaping Around a Pool

When landscaping a pool area, four major elements should be top of mind: safety, privacy, function, and aesthetics.

Safety — If you have small kids or pets, or entertain often, safety will be of prime importance. This means you’ll want to consider fencing, slip-resistant surfaces, and adequate lighting.

Privacy — If neighbors can peek into your yard and you’d rather they not, fences can again take center stage in your pool’s landscaping. Other options include vines, plants, and shade structures.

Function — Easy entry to your pool is a must in most cases, so overdoing boulders and other typically potential stumbling areas may be ill advised. Good visibility is also a key concern, and will inform where you place landscape and pool lighting.

Aesthetics — The sky’s the limit here, depending on your personal taste and preference. Natural, tropical, modern – they’re all looks on the table that can be incorporated into your poolscape. Also, keep in mind that well designed pool landscaping tends to increase your home’s resale value.

If all of this is too much to deal with on your own, consider engaging a landscape architect to do the job. Professionals can deal for all the issues that may stump DIYers.

Why Hire a Professional for Pool Landscaping

A backyard pool is a beautiful thing. A pool’s professional landscaping can make or break the look of your swimming space. Decking, plants,and lighting all add ambiance, and depending on what you want, privacy as well.

There are many high-priority landscaping projects that are best done when the pool is installed, and experts recommend a few additional steps to ensure your pool is safe and that you get the most out of your summer landscape.

Below, we’ve rounded up some items that a professional landscape architect will consider when installing your pool.

Dirt Hauling

Digging a pool will accumulate large amounts of dirt onto your landscape, which will need to be hauled before any further landscape construction.

New Grass

Once the pool has been dug into the ground and installed, new grass must be planted around the deck area over the dirt from construction. While planting grass seed is the lower-cost option, rolling sod has the quickest results.


The deck you install around your pool can vary depending on the type of pool you have. For an inground pool, a concrete deck is a fitting choice, but for an above-ground pool, a wood deck will need to be built.

Landscape Design

Landscape design will complete your new backyard oasis. Whether it’s hardscaping to surround your pool or customized gardens surrounding the deck, landscape design is the icing on the cake of a perfect pool area.

Outdoor lighting

A pool should be enjoyed during the day and at night. However, it takes more than just a pool light to enjoy a swim after dark. Outdoor lighting surrounding your deck ensures your pool and landscape will be visible even on the darkest nights, keeping it safe for swimming at all times. As a bonus, the illuminated landscape makes a beautiful addition.

Additional Pool Features

Perfect for after a night swim, outdoor fireplaces are a great addition to any summer (and winter) landscape. An outdoor kitchen is the best way to host large groups for a poolside gathering and impress your guests with the perfect summer cookout. A pergola can make a beautiful addition to any poolside landscape. You can place patio furniture under it to escape the sun and relax outside, and plant flowers on it to add some color to your patio.

Outdoor fireplaces offer much of the same stylish design of indoor fireplaces. An outdoor fireplace or a fire pit can provide a lot of enjoyment. They can add light, heat, and an interactive experience that really enhances your time spent outdoors. A fire feature can also add a lot of ambiance to your pool area. After all, there’s nothing quite like sitting by the fire.

An outdoor kitchen complementing the pool area can provide the perfect space to entertain, cook, and relax. From small patios to large outdoor spaces, your kitchen can be customized for space availability, design aesthetics, function, and budget. Very often, outdoor kitchens are built alongside pergolas or pavilions for maximum comfort and protection from the weather.

Pergolas, pavilions, and gazebos are a great way to define a space and to stay cool under the hot Oklahoma sun. While DIY pergolas can be built with a pergola kit, a professionally built pergola is a better investment. A professional will make sure to use rot-resistant materials like red cedar and mahogany, along with fasteners designed to withhold Oklahoma storms. It’s also important to position the structures so that you don’t sacrifice views or privacy.

Considering all the elements of good poolside landscaping, Havenscapes’ design professionals are ready to help you create your dream poolside landscape. Contact us or call our Edmond office at (405) 418-4880 to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation.