The best landscaping to have around your pool in the Central Valley of California enhances the beauty and functionality of your pool area while also thriving in our region’s unique climate.

You might immediately think about the different sun-loving, drought-tolerant plantings that you can choose from. And, yes, those plantings are one element of your poolside landscape.

But landscaping isn’t limited to plants. There are countless ways to create a stunning outdoor retreat around your pool, using whatever combination of pool-friendly landscape components makes the most sense based on how you use your pool.

Poolside Landscaping Ideas to Consider

Here are some landscape components that are commonly used around pools in the Central Valley:

1. Drought-Tolerant Plants

  • Agave: Known for their striking architectural form, agaves are drought-tolerant succulents that add texture and interest to poolside landscapes. Different species each have their own color, texture, size, and growing habits.
  • Lavender: Fragrant and low-maintenance, lavender thrives in the Central Valley’s warm climate, attracting pollinators while adding color and aroma to the pool area.
  • Rosemary: This aromatic herb offers year-round greenery, drought tolerance, and versatility as both a landscape plant and culinary ingredient.
  • Society Garlic: With its grass-like foliage and clusters of purple flowers, society garlic provides a pop of color and texture while requiring minimal water.

2. Waterscapes

  • Waterfalls: Create a tranquil ambiance with a natural-looking waterfall cascading into your pool. Incorporate boulders and rocks for a seamless integration with the surrounding landscape.
  • Fountains: Add elegance and serenity to your pool area with a fountain feature. Choose from a variety of designs — from tiered spouts to modern sculptures — to complement your outdoor aesthetic.

3. Hardscape Features

  • Pavers or Flagstone: Use pavers or flagstone to create a durable and visually appealing pool deck. Opt for light-colored materials to reflect heat and keep the surface cool underfoot.
  • Pergolas: Provide shade and architectural interest with a pergola structure near the pool. Add climbing vines like bougainvillea or jasmine for additional color and fragrance.

4. Functional Structures

  • Outdoor Kitchen: Enhance poolside entertaining with an outdoor kitchen equipped with a grill, sink, and countertop space. Use materials like stainless steel or stone for durability in the outdoor environment.
  • Shade Structures: Opting for shade in the Central Valley heat doesn’t have to involve dealing with leaves from trees that inevitably end up in your pool. Install shade sails, umbrellas, or retractable awnings to provide relief from the sun’s rays during hot summer days.

5. Outdoor Lighting

  • String Lights: Create a cozy ambiance with string lights hung around the pool area. Opt for LED lights for energy efficiency and choose warm-toned bulbs for a welcoming glow.
  • Pathway Lighting: Illuminate pathways and steps around the pool for safety and aesthetics. Use solar-powered lights to minimize energy consumption and installation costs.

6. Poolside Seating and Lounging Areas

  • Adirondack Chairs: Arrange Adirondack chairs or chaise lounges around the pool for comfortable seating and relaxation. Choose weather-resistant materials like teak or aluminum for longevity.

7. Fire Features

  • Fire Pit: Extend the usability of your pool area into the cooler evenings with a fire pit. Gather around the fire with family and friends for cozy conversations and marshmallow roasting.

8. Poolside Planters

  • Container Gardens: Add bursts of color and greenery with container gardens placed strategically around the pool. Choose drought-tolerant plants like succulents and ornamental grasses for easy maintenance.

Each of these elements contributes to a harmonious and relaxing environment centered around your pool.

But the “best” combination of these landscaping elements will depend on your personal preferences and how you use your pool.

We invite you to contact Mike’s Evergreen today to talk to our team of expert landscaping professionals about how to make the landscaping around your pool turn your backyard into your perfect outdoor retreat.

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