How to Landscape Around Swimming Pools With Fences


A swimming pool is often the centerpiece of the backyard's overall design. Much like a kitchen on the interior, the area around the pool offers a gathering area for family and friends. Landscaping around the pool can add charm and beauty, while also allowing the homeowner's creativity and personal flair to shine. The landscaping design around a pool can tie into the landscaping throughout the rest of the yard, creating a seamless transition from the lawn to the pool.

Things You'll Need

  • Hardscape material (decorative stones or mulch)
  • Plants
  • Decorative planting urns or terra cotta pots
  • Pot hangers or planters for fence type
  • Potting soil
  • Sketch your vision for the design. This does not need to be in great detail, but will be a reference guide to know where you want to place your desired plants. Select plants that are low-maintenance and don't drop too many petals or leaves, which can blow into your pool. Use colored pencils, markers or crayons to show which plant goes where.

  • Plant your flowers, shrubs or other chosen plants in their desired location in the ground. Follow all spacing and depth requirements for each plant, as well as their individual sun-requirements.

  • Place the mulch or decorative stone around the plants. Use caution as to not damage the new plants. Mulch should be kept about 1 inch away from the plants to keep disease and too much humidity at bay.

  • Transplant the remaining new plants into decorative urns, fence planters or terra cotta pots using potting soil. When using urns, place the new potted plants strategically around the pool inside the fence.

  • Plants in terra cotta pots can be hung on the fence using pot hangers. Pot hangers can fit many different sizes of pots for wood and other fence materials, and allow a decorative touch to the fence itself. Hang planters, if chosen, at this time as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choosing the right plants is the most important part of this process. Plants should be chosen keeping sun requirements and durability in mind, and also for the level of maintenance you are willing to give.

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