Is there a more depressing sight in a garden than a pool which has been poorly designed or is in the wrong place? Chris James of Graduate Landscapes explains how much more effective it can be when you plan your garden around the pool

We often arrive on site where it seems as though little thought and planning has been put into the long term aesthetic and practical implications of such a big investment. 

Here at Graduate Landscapes we do things differently. Our raison d’être is to ensure the finished landscape is integrated and visually pleasing with a pool merging seamlessly and organically into the landscape.

Natural swimming pool in a country garden in Hampshire by Graduate Landscapes

Natural swimming pool in a country garden in Hampshire by Graduate Landscapes

Plan your garden around the pool

That is why we spend a great deal of time planning the shape, positioning and landscaping of a pool, taking into account the changes that the seasons bring and the inevitable growth and alteration of the garden over time.

If we get this stage right, the finished project not only adds enormous value to your property, but will be a fabulous addition to the garden for decades. There are some quite obvious considerations about the siting of a pool. It is advisable to avoid shady areas such as under large trees or any north facing position where a lot of shade will make the pool a less enticing place to be.

Think of the sunshine

If you are in any doubt always go for a south westerly orientation to get the heat of the sun during the day as well as the last of the late afternoon and early evening sun, at a time when you and your family are likely to be using it most. In most cases a swimming pool is often a very dominant feature of the garden and will require softening in order to effortlessly integrate into the wider landscape.

The most effective way of accomplishing this is to design planting beds around the pool to help blur the line between hard and soft landscaping and at the same time creating a very attractive, comfortable space to be tempted into.  Subtle planting such as box hedging and topiary will provide year round interest and when considering one of our natural swimming pools, the planting zone will automatically create a more organic feel to the surrounding area. 

Contemporary Town Garden, Haslemere, Surrey, Swimming Pool; garden design with lime stone paving by Graduate landscapes

Contemporary Town Garden, Haslemere, Surrey, Swimming Pool; garden design with lime stone paving by Graduate landscapes

Keep it simple

Keep the patio area around the pool uncluttered and furniture to a minimum; though it is advisable to buy the best furniture your budget will allow, to enhance the ambience and feel of the pool area. For practical reasons the heating system needs to be in close proximity to the pool to reduce heat loss as much as possible, though these buildings should be inconspicuous and well screened with evergreen shrubs and climbers so they fade from view.

We try to use the best quality material for the patio, but endeavour to keep its size to a minimum to reduce the hard look of the area, particularly in winter. We have had great results using a variety of pre-cut and bespoke stone. Both are naturally beautiful products and can suit any budget. 

This is the perfect time to think about enjoying a pool in your garden or rejuvenating an existing one. Make your first steps, prepare, organise and let us make your dream come true.

Graduate Landscapes Ltd can be contacted on 01428 724080, or visit the website: 

www.graduatelandscapes.co.uk


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