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.If you use boulders, make sure they fit into the theme of the total design. One of the biggest head-scratchers is when people plop a single boulder around a pool that has no business there. As a general rule, a pool is either naturalistic or not. If yours falls into the “not” category, please stay away from the boulder. Now, with that said the proper use of boulders can transform a pool area into an oasis. Based on my experience, boulders are best utilized when they are used in groups and with an abundance of pool landscaping.As opposed to potted plants, planters are a permanent feature of your pool landscaping area. They are typically incorporated into a design as a flat open area in the pool patio, or as an elevated feature adjacent to benches or walls. Either way, planting beds are a great way to bring diversity and vitality to any poolscape. Take a look at how this planter is incorporated into the pool deck. Notice how it breaks the monotony of the open area. From a budget perspective, it also reduced the amount of square footage of the patio which lowered the cost of the project.Brewer’s Pool & Landscaping Co., Inc. is one of the oldest Memphis design build firms operating since 1964. We specialize in custom gunite swimming pools, gunite spas, water features, bath houses, outdoor kitchens, and professional landscape design and installation.Our in-store showroom offers a complete line of unique outdoor furniture, accessories and outdoor entertaining products to complete your outdoor space.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.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.Nothing adds class and sophistication to an outdoor area like properly designed outdoor lighting. Because most outdoor lighting systems are low voltage, many people choose to tackle the installation themselves, but there are many reputable companies available to do turn-key installations. If you think outdoor lighting may be an option for you in the future but the budget doesn’t allow it now, have your electrician run some extra conduit to the pool area for your future installation. Spending a few extra dollars now will save you big time in the future.I tend to avoid anything with a lot of thorns (barberry, pyracantha, hawthorne) or sharp/spiky foliage (hollies, junipers). Certain trees, like magnolias, can be very messy and will drop leaves and litter all season long, making it more difficult to keep water clean. I also keep my summer-flowering plants a little farther away from the pool to discourage bees from bothering the swimmers.If you are using solar lights around your pool, make sure they get direct sunlight. Before adding the light to the soil, loosen it up with a small shovel and gently insert the light into the soft soil. Most solar lights have plastic stems so you don’t want them to break when adding them.