20 Landscaping Ideas for Above-Ground Pools: From Minimalistic to Lush Designs

The best way to integrate an above-ground pool into your landscape is by landscaping around it. This will make it appear as though it’s always been there.

You can either let the lush plants grow around your above-ground pool or you can keep it neat and tidy by carefully corralling vibrant flowers in terracotta containers. Here are 20 ideas for above-ground pool landscaping, regardless of whether you are on a tight budget or want to spend a lot on a pool that will make your vacation memorable.

01

Let the Landscape Change
Above ground pool with landscaping either side

The trees surrounding the pool are growing and changing as time goes on. The pool is not overly-landscaped, but rather becomes part of the environment as trees and plants grow.

02

Planters can be positioned at different heights
Above ground pool with minimalistic landscaping

If you are using planters to create a deck around an above-ground pool, make sure that the heights of the planters vary. This will break up the monotony of the horizontal planks and slats. This deck’s symmetry from side to side adds a tailored look to the boho color palette.

03

Use fast-growing herbs and shrubs
Lavender around the above-ground pool

Fast-growing plants are the best choice when landscaping around an above-ground pool. They will cover its sides quickly and help it blend into the landscape. Herbs like rosemary and lavender will grow quickly in the summer to cover your pool without waiting a long time.

04

Channel the English Countryside
Above ground pool with lush landscaping

This above-ground pool contrasts with the industrial style of the pool supports by combining it with an English country garden. The pea gravel, flowers, greenery and tall shrubs all add to the perfect imperfection.

05

Plant Hydrangeas
Above ground pool with Hydrangeas

Why not surround your swimming pool with hydrangeas? This above-ground pool has a side that is completely covered with hydrangeas. They reach up to the decking of the pool and create a stunning look in full bloom.


06

Settle into the Surroundings
Above ground pool surrounded with countryside landscaping

If you have a beautiful backyard with a lot of wildflowers, natural landscaping and other elements, use that as the backdrop to your above-ground pool. The contrast between loose, organic plants and rigid planking creates a stunning backyard.


07

Echo the Landscape
Green above-ground pool in lush surroundings

The green tiles of this above-ground pool echo the surrounding greenery, from the grass and trees to the hills. The landscape is enough to make the area look beautiful, but the shrubbery behind lounge chairs sets it apart from the yard.


08

Surround yourself with greenery
Pool surrounded by lush trees

You can create the illusion of being on vacation by surrounding your pool with greenery. Use palm trees or other tropical plants if they can grow in your area.


09

Choose a simple backyard look
Above ground swimming pool with lounge chair

Landscape design doesn’t need to be complex. The above-ground pool has been incorporated into the landscape in this backyard. It adapts to the slope. The landscape is simple, with just a few shrubs to create a backyard that’s ready for summer barbecues.


10

Plant greenery that is as tall as the pool
Above ground pool with Palm Tree and Landscaping

The palms and plants planted below the pool will make it feel like it is a part of the landscape. They will eventually reach the top, making it look as if the pool is part of the landscape, rather than a towering structure.


11

Don’t Landscape
Above-ground Minimalist Pool

Minimalism has its merits. Don’t worry about adding planters or landscaping when the view is like this. Just embrace the beauty that Mother Nature has provided.


12

Planting a Natural Landscape
The boardwalk leading to the pool is surrounded by lush greenery

A rustic wooden boardwalk that leads to an above-ground pool is surrounded by lush plants and looks like it’s part of nature. This landscape is not manicured, and the pool looks like it has grown from the ground.


13

Frolic the Garden
Pool set in wildflower garden

If you have a temporary above-ground pool that is filled with a hose, move it into your garden to water flowers and herbs. It’s so nice to be able take a swim on a hot afternoon, while surrounded by flowers in bloom and hungry bees.


14

Go Minimalist
Above ground Minimalist Pool

You only need minimal greenery when you contrast black decking with pea gravel and a black aquarium. Two white potted plants provide some light to the black.


15

Use Different Height Plants
Relaxing garden and above-ground pool in urban style

This rooftop’s sophisticated use of greenery, architectural lines and a relaxing atmosphere begs for a brunch poolside. Use low-lying plants to draw the eye up, and then taller or climbing plants to define the space behind the pool.


16

How to Build a Gazebo
Above ground pool beneath a gazebo

Set your above-ground pool on stage with a gazebo. It not only frames the pool but also gives you the opportunity to add shrubbery, which will give it height and make it seem like it is part of the landscape.


17

Create a Desert Oasis
Above ground small pool in desert landscaping

This oasis in the desert is made so relaxing by a small plunge pool. While the pool will be where you spend most of your time, it does not steal the show. It blends in perfectly with the desert plants and natural stone tiles.


18

Use flowers to create a cozy look
Above ground pool in the garden

This pool above ground is a great place to enjoy a nostalgic swim. This look is charming and easy to put together. From the white picket fencing to the colorful flower boxes, to the potted plants lining the platform stairs.


19

Sand is a great way to bring in the summer.
Swimming pool with palm tree and sand

Sand can be used to create a beach-like atmosphere for your above-ground pool landscaping. This minimalist landscape is made up of a simple palm tree, a rustic planter and some sand.


20

Create a Succulent garden
Swimming pool with succulents and other plants surrounding it

The rocks and succulents around the pool’s edge make it feel like it is part of the surrounding landscape.


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