There are many factors to consider when designing a custom pool, and these extend beyond the pool itself. You want your entire backyard to look gorgeous and feel inviting, and the landscaping around your pool plays a role in this. Your backyard landscaping should complement the aesthetic of your pool and at Pools by Design, we can help you achieve this goal.
Much like the design of your pool is made up of several elements that come together harmoniously, your landscaping includes multiple elements as well. Each of these should work with the others while also working well with your pool and with the architecture of your home.
Some things to consider include:
Plants bring life to your backyard both literally and figuratively. While you always have flexibility in what plants to include based on your personal preferences, it’s helpful to consider the style of your pool as a starting point.
Traditional pools look great with native plants such as cacti. An added bonus is that plants that are native to Arizona are more drought-tolerant and require less maintenance.
If your pool has a more tropical design, consider palm trees or flowering plants. You’d be surprised how many options you have for plants that look tropical while still thriving in Arizona.
Contemporary designs often look best with minimal plants and a greater focus on hardscape elements, although this is not always the case. A few well-placed plants can definitely take a modern pool to the next level, depending on how they are incorporated.
If you’re looking for a pop of green but don’t want to worry about maintenance, consider artificial grass. We use this “plant” frequently for various types of pool designs from traditional to modern. Depending on how it is used, it looks great in nearly any backyard.
In Arizona, most backyards make use of landscaping rocks. These should coordinate well with your pool deck and any other stone features such as waterfalls or tiles. There are many options for complementary earth tones that look beautiful next to each other, and you can even mix different colors of landscaping rocks to add visual contrast.
One of the big picture elements to consider when designing your backyard’s landscape is the placement of different elements. Of course, the placement of your pool itself plays a large role in this. You likely want your pool and deck to be a focal point in your yard, so the placement of other landscaping elements should complement this area.
Accessibility is also a consideration. You want to make sure you can easily walk to your pool or other outdoor living elements. Many homeowners prefer to be able to walk to these areas barefoot. If you fall into this category, make sure to include artificial grass, stepping stones, or pathways to make this possible.
At Pools by Design, we consider not only your pool, but also surrounding outdoor living elements, including landscaping. We can transform your backyard into a gorgeous vacation destination.