30 Swimming Pool Landscaping Ideas

Check out 30 great designs for borders and areas surrounding your swim zone.

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Sleek Swim

Just a few steps away from the contemporary-style pool, a spacious patio doubles as an outdoor dining area. Meanwhile, tropical plants enclose the yard and help it feel even more private.

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

Fit for a King

This stunning combination of swimming pool and spa by Pool Environments, features a wall fountain with its distinctive laser cut steel sculpture mounted on a seven foot limestone and cast stone wall. The Mediterranean-style landscaping makes this pool space feel like a luxurious resort.

Terraced Greenery

This backyard's pool and patio offer lots of options for chilling out or hanging out. The terraced landscaping provides greenery, giving the backyard space a lush look.

Seamless Swimming Pool

This 12,000-square-foot contemporary Florida home is located on one and a half acres of land. To keep the land eco-friendly, the lawn is synthetic grass. A sleek swimming pool seamlessly meets the lawn and is the perfect spot to relax outdoors.

Let Mother Nature do the Talking

The emerald green lawn rolls right down to the edge of Miami's bay. Take in the sunset from the swimming pool or seated on the nearby private dock. The palm trees that line the water's edge, give nod to this backyard oasis' tropical location.

Lush Tropics

The pool's pretty turquoise is a bewitching pairing with the tropical garden's luscious green. Surrounded by lush greenery, this pool seems to be a tropical secret garden.

Soothing Fountains

Privacy inspires the design in this backyard, which is located along a busy road. Bubbling fountains add splashing sounds, accompanied by the gurgling of a stream over stone stairs. The fountain and stream are positioned so the water sounds are heard in each part of the backyard landscaping.

Mediterranean Inspiration

A narrow pool stretches the length of the courtyard, the jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean-inspired space.

Natural Beauty

This infinity pool seems to sit right at the edge of the world. The native grasses and wildflowers that surround this pool seem to have always been here.

Blooming Beauties

An ivy-covered wall, pavers with grass joints and blooming flowers all-around help this outdoor space feel at peace with the landscape. In the center, a sunken swimming pool invites the owners to slow down and soak up the beauty of their surroundings.

Paver Path

A new deck and Craftsman-style pool house give residents and guests a place to lounge poolside and enjoy the views. The stone path surrounds the pool and allows guests ease in navigating the area.

Taste of the Tropics

To give a special feel to all the different areas of this Key West backyard, landscape designers incorporated different materials like concrete pavers, gravel and native plantings.

Wonderful Waterfalls

The once sloped backyard was unusable, but with smart landscaping, the space is transformed into a stunning swimming pool, complete with slide, waterfall and hot tub.

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 Landscaping 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. 

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. 

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