Swimming Pool Landscaping Ideas

Check out 17 great designs for borders and areas surrounding your swim zone.

Photo By: Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture, photo by Tamara Alvarez

Photo By: Tidy Gardens Landscaping Inc., www.tidy-garden.com

Photo By: Platinum Poolcare, photo by Linda Oyama Bryan

Photo By: Armond Aquatech Pools and Halkin Photography

Photo By: www.georgiaclassicpool.com, photo by Joshua Dover

Photo By: Kerr Construction, Inc., www.kerr-construction.com, photography by Jeff Zaruba

Photo By: Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture, photo by Barry Fitzgerald

Photo By: Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes Inc., photo by Anthony Chung

Photo By: Platinum Poolcare and OutVision Photography

Photo By: Easyturf.com

Photo By: Platinum Poolcare, photo by Rockit Projects

Photo By: Armond Aquatech Pools and Halkin Photography

Photo By: Platinum Poolcare and Outvision Photography

Photo By: Tidy Gardens Landscaping Inc., www.tidy-garden.com

Photo By: Platinum Poolcare and Outvision Photography

Photo By: Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture, photo by Barry Fitzgerald

Photo By: www.georgiaclassicpool.com, photo by Joshua Dover

Mix It Up

An intriguing lawn design with hardscape surfaces blends in naturally with a tropical landscape in this alluring landscape by Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture

Suitable for Framing

Strategically placed potted plants, border plantings of conifers, groundcover and colorful outdoor furniture acquire a unique symmetry in this highly visual pool design from Tidy Gardens Landscapoing Inc. 

Inspired Connections

Blooming potted plants, smoke-colored pool edging and a bridge over two connecting pools create a captivating composition in this design by Platinum Poolcare.

Mirror Reflections

A swimming pool and a natural pond exist side by side in this delightful combination of nature and architecture from Armond Aquatech Pools.

Georgian Oasis

This multi-level pool design from Georgia Classic Pool features an array of beautifully crafted stonework. The surrounding borders enhance the private paradise ambiance with plantings of palm trees, knockout roses, gardenias and dwarf mondo grasses.

Lily and Erigeron Accents

Twilight time brings out the rich colors of nature in this stunning pool design from Kerr Constructions that uses lilies and erigeron for border plantings along with subtle touches of agapanthus and California poppies at the far end of the pool.

Paradise Lagoon

If you want to transform your swimming pool into a tropical movie set, you can’t do much better than this design which incorporates the sort of wild vegetation you’d find around a Pacific island lagoon. 

The Swimming Pool as a Nature Preserve

A rocky landscape with aquatic vegetation, flowering plants and the great outdoors generate a Walden Pond vibe in this natural pool design from Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes.

Postcard Perfection

Earth colored pavers of varying hues, raised beds, climbing vines, flower beds and lush green lawn transform this swimming pool into a picture worthy of a postcard.

Private Luxury

Japanese maples, towering border trees and synthetic grass from Easyturf provide ideal accents for this picturesque courtyard pool.

Nocturnal Knockout

Nighttime lighting can add a whole new perspective to your pool area, especially in this design which spotlights the trees, potted plants, stonework and other vegetation that surrounds a swim zone. 

Liquid Carpet

A relaxed, out-in-the-country vibe informs this sleek beauty which includes recessed plantings along one side of the pool and an earth-toned paver walkway on the other. Believe it or not, this serene environment is only a few minutes away from downtown Philadelphia.

Dynamic Color Palette

A pool fountain highlighting the vibrant colors of its diverse tile surfacing makes a bold centerpiece in this pool design that is further enhanced by the lush green border hedge, flowering plants and rainbow hued decorative poles.

Surface Textures

A mixture of rocks, stone slabs, potted plants, ornamental grasses and groundcover transform the border areas of this pool into a wonderful study in textures and contrasts.

Lawn Proud

Who doesn’t love the rich green colors of a close-cropped lawn that looks like a carpet created by nature? It this case it becomes the ideal setting for the aquamarine jewel in its center.

Green With a Patch of Blue

An elegant private pool is almost overshadowed by the lush green oasis that surrounds it in this colorful design.

Rock Steady

A combination of natural boulders, rocks and pebbles connect two pools via a waterfall stream in this soothing design which adds a touch of the tropical with elephant ear plants and palms.