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Garden Design Plan For Pool Area

Well, never say never.

After thinking we would never put a pool in our yard we changed our minds. Two growing boys who need to keep active and a desire to stay home and enjoy our property made a pool more attractive to us. So in the spring of 2009 added an inground pool to our back yard, which of course needed to be landscaped.

We keep the footprint of the pool as small as possible so the plan was for the inside gardens to be small, simple & very low maintenance. Outside the pool area the gardens are simple, focusing on repeating many of the easy care shrubs planted in the remainder of the yard. The wide garden beds were planted so there are also blooming shrubs on the pool side of the beds so we can enjoy them while swimming. I'm not planning any large trees to shade the pool but the main landscape is anchored by three Amelanchier canadensis (Serviceberry).

Two other terrific features are two walkways that lead to different sections of the yard. These walkways run parallel to a short natural stone retaining wall and provide convenenient access to the garden house and back yard.

A garden plan and list of trees and most repeated shrubs appears below while pictures can be seen in the Pool Garden Gallery.

Pool Area Garden Design Plan
TREES AND SHRUBS Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer' (8)
Amelanchier canadensis - Serviceberry Hydrangea paniculata 'Quick Fire' (62)
Berberis 'Concorde Grape' - Barberry (46) Philadelphus coronarius aureus - Golden Mock Orange (76)
Berberis 'Rose Glow' - Barberry (27) Physocarpus opulifolius "Coppertina' (37)
Berberis thunbergii 'Sunsation' - Barberry (66) Physocarpus opulifolius "Dart's Gold' (159)
Buxus 'Green Gem' (29) Picea pungens 'Waldbrunn' (20)
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sungold' (61) Spirea japonica 'Magic Carpet' (33)
Clethra alnifolia 'Paniculata' (15) Spirea japonica 'Shirobana' (7)
Cornus alba 'Aurea' - Golden Dogwood (150) Stephanandra incisa crispa - Cutleaf Stephanandra (24)
Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' - Burning Bush (40) Syringa 'Bailbelle - Tinkerbelle' (140)
Euonymus 'Emerald Gaiety' (77) Taxus cuspidata capitata - pyramidal yew (160)
Euonymus 'Emerald 'N Gold' (78) Weigela florida 'Midnight Wine' (65)
Hamamelis virginiana (152) Weigela 'Red Prince' (39)
Hydrangea arborescens ' Invincible Spirit' (158) Weigela florida 'Wine & Roses' (14)