Pools are a lot more than just a place for swimming or lounging: They’re an integral part of the garden.
A great landscape design considers the pool as a h2o aspect, fairly than just a leisure space and incorporates it into the structure process at a pivotal stage, notes Frederico Azevedo, award-winning landscape designer and founder of Unlimited Earth Care of Bridgehampton.
The addition of crops around the pool, says Azevedo, brings colour into the water and allows integrate the pool into the garden.
“Even if I style and design a rectangular pool, I don’t want it to be just a size of h2o missing in the middle of the landscape, so I changeover it into the garden, making use of strategically placed and scaled plant beds,” Azevedo suggests. “I blend the corners with rectangular flower beds or design a prolonged plant bed to parallel the size of the pool, so scale does not visually separate the pool from the flora.”
Bouquets for reflection and screening
Views of a pool can be carefully curated by using flowerbeds positioned strategically with an awareness of the sights from the property, the pool property, and the rest of the garden, notes Azevedo.
Positioning flowerbeds correct up to the edge of the coping can produce views from the house and pool residence of the drinking water peeking through the flora, he states.
“This is my interpretation of a formal garden, which typically features geometric axes that conclusion in ornamental elements such as fountains or ponds,” explains Azevedo. “Here, florally framed views of the h2o act as the centerpieces, and the axes are formed in the straight grass paths involving the flowerbeds.”
Bordering a lifted pool deck, white Calamintha, an natural scented plant, repels mosquitoes and also veils the elevation of the deck so that it blends seamlessly into the garden.
“Terra cotta planters filled with purple Scaevolas accent the stairs and corners,” says Azevedo. “The significantly edge of the pool is balanced with a cluster of Annabelle hydrangeas.”
To paint the drinking water in brilliant reflections, Azevedo framed a single vibrant backyard garden in trimmed boxwoods, planted on a berm and raised above the pool. For an additional dwelling, he created a flowerbed spanning the length of the pool to both provide entire floral views for swimming and interrupt the rectangular flatness of the pool.
“In transform, the flatness of the hedge is disrupted by a pink crepe myrtle, trimmed to scale, which in August is awash in sparkling pinks,” says Azevedo.
Limit to maximize the pool view
On a waterfront home, retain plantings minimal to let the operator and visitors to really recognize the sights, suggests Michael Derrig, landscape architect and owner of Landscape Details of East Hampton.
“The pool need to ‘connect’ to the water. One of the means to do that is to design the pool with an infinity edge that results in that connection,” claims Derrig, who notes that low plantings, these types of as ornamental grasses, will thrive despite the salt and wind.
Bordering the pool, Derrig minimizes the hardscape to introduce much more garden.
“Sometimes we put the pool in the lawn as a focal point. Greens and blues are the colors of summertime in the Hamptons,” says Derrig, noting that chaise lounges can be placed correct on the grass.
Derrig simplifies container plantings, often opting for succulents, a perennial request from quite a few shoppers.
“We really like to discover unusual boxes, copper pots, and other antique containers for our clients,” states Derrig. “We also custom fabricate bins correct here in our shop in East Hampton.”
All-around the pool: A brick border is better
A popular option close to the pool is a simple bluestone border with broad coping abutting the grass, says Ken Muellers, senior landscape designer at Hicks Nurseries of Westbury, which does do the job in the Hamptons.
Even though aesthetically pleasing, bluestone retains a ton of warmth.
“So practicality-wise it’s not really the best product for a pool coping or pool patio, because normally you are barefoot and performing the hot foot dance attempting to get into the pool,” says Muellers, incorporating that based on the other architectural elements of the household, brick would be a far better alternative for the reason that it stays cooler.
Privet hedges, which are deer-evidence, hide fencing all over the pool and unsightly pool equipment.
For plant materials, concentrate on what blooms in summer months — hydrangea, Knock Out and Carpet roses, ornamental grasses, and sun-friendly annuals, like SunPatiens and Lantana, advises Muellers.
To maintain bees absent, include a minimal buffer between plantings and the pool.
This posting appeared in the Memorial Working day 2022 issue of At the rear of The Hedges. Browse the total digital version of the magazine right here. Read additional features from our magazine here.