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Above Ground Pool Landscaping Ideas to Create Your Outdoor Oasis

Above Ground Pool Landscaping

So you’ve got the house you’ve always dreamed of  with a pool and now you are looking for above ground pool landscaping ideas. Or maybe it isn’t exactly the move-in ready home, but you are willing to put in some elbow grease to fix it up. A pool however functional can be more of an annoyance than a pleasure if the yard around it isn’t maintained. With an ugly yard, you will find yourself drawing the blinds instead of running outdoors with some sunscreen and glass of ice tea. To conquer the blight of badness that detracts from summer fun in your own pool we have created an entire list of tips to clean up your yard and pool to make it the haven you always dreamed of.

Above Ground Pool Landscaping Ideas

Clean Up the Clutter

Don a pair of yard gloves, get out some lawn bags and start cleaning up the area around your above ground pool. Bundle together sticks and branches; rake up leaves and other loose debris and place in them in yard bags. Use a shovel to dig up dead or dying plants in your yard. Consider moving plants that shed a lot of leaves to another area of the yard away from the pool.

Come up with a landscape plan. Sketch out the approximate shape of your yard and draw the area of your pool. Figure out what areas you want to have landscaped, and where you want to keep the lawn intact. Generally, plants and landscaping around the pool will make it easier to maintain your lawn.

Clean Your Pool

A clean pool is an inviting pool, so before you get your bikini and flip flops on; gather your pool gear to clean out last season’s debris. Don’t forget to get out your:

  • Skimmer
  • Patching Tools
  • Pool Chemicals

Take the time to skim off leaves and other large debris from the surface of the pool water. Patch any leaky areas and use your pool vacuum to suck up debris and dirt from the pool floor. Finally, refresh your pool’s chemicals by adding chlorine or bromine to keep the water clean all summer long.

Add Some Landscaping

Consult your landscape sketch and figure out what type of plants you want in your yard and around the pool. Ideally you will want to choose plants that enjoy full sun, have a limited amount of leaf and other debris shedding from it, and are showy enough to provide visual stimulation around the pool. Since your pool is above ground, bigger plants and trees are more favorable than smaller ones.

Ideal Plant Types for Pool Landscaping:


  • Acacia
  • Mexican blue palm

    plants for around pool

    Coral Flowered Gum

  • Mediterranean fan palm
  • Eucalyptus
  • Coral Flowered Gum
  • Australian willow
  • Desert Fern
  • Date Palm
  • Windmill palm
  • Southern Live Oak


  • Desert Honeysuckle

    Plants for around pool

    Golden Columbine

  • Evergreen Iris
  • Golden Columbine
  • Fleabane
  • Black foot Daisy
  • Paper Flower
  • Rain lily
  • Ganzania


  • Pine Leaf Milkweed
  • Wooly butterfly bush
  • Bush dalea

    plants for around pool

    Wooly Butterfly Bush

  • Pineapple guava
  • Creosote bush
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender cotton
  • Mountain marigold
  • Arizona rosewood
  • Lavender cotton

Other Types of Plants

  • Agave

    plants for around pool

    Easter Lily Cactus

  • Aloe
  • Foxtail/Asparagus Fern
  • Easter lily cactus
  • Yucca
  • Prickly pear cactus
  • Trailing indigo bush
  • Verbena
  • Jerusalem sage

Plants to Avoid

Some plants just don’t do well near a pool.  Here are a few you should avoid:

  • Evergreen/Chinese Elm
  • Ash
  • Bougainvillea
  • Carob tree
  • Sweet acacia

Planting Your Garden

Once you have selected your plants it’s time to get to work. Purchase bags of nutrient-rich garden soil at your local home improvement store. Also a good ground cover such as pine needle hay, red or black mulch, or river rock help set off a nice contrast between your plants and the ground. Ground cover also keeps the soil in place, clearly delineating between your lawn and your landscaped areas. Figure out the square feet of your garden and purchase enough bags to create a 2-inch thick layer around the surface of your garden.

Dig holes in your garden that correspond to the root ball shape of your plants. Remember to keep in mind that plants will grow – set them far enough apart and away from the pool so they have space to get bigger and not choke other areas of your garden. Mound dirt up and around your plants, cover the garden with the mulch and water the whole area thoroughly. You may need to do a little extra watering at first as the roots begin to adjust to their new surroundings.

After all your hard work incorporating all of the above ground pool landscaping ideas,  it’s time to kick back and relax. Now that you have a fully landscaped area around your above ground pool  you can enjoy your surroundings and take in the view.

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3 Responses to “Above Ground Pool Landscaping Ideas to Create Your Outdoor Oasis”
  1. Anonymous says:

    I needed to thank you for this great read!! I definitely loved every bit of it.
    I have got you book marked to look at new stuff
    you post…

  2. Donna says:

    Thanks for all the info – the plant selection is particulalry helpful !

  3. admin says:

    You are welcome Donna!

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