What is the importance of pool landscaping?

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Use expert pool landscaping design to curate a specific vibe for your outdoor oasis. Learn about the tools of swimming pool landscaping and how experts from Zones Landscaping Wellington can help.

Defining pool landscaping

Pool landscaping focuses on the ambience you’d like to create in your outdoor space. That includes the design of your swimming pool, of course, as well as surrounding gardens and hardscaping. 

Safety first

Pool landscaping keeps your pool area safe. Local codes in Wellington require that swimming pools have surround fencing that is at least 120cm high. Working with a landscape designer can help you find the fencing that best suits your backyard’s style. For instance, you might opt for glass fencing for a chic, contemporary feel, or traditional wrought iron fencing for a classic look.

Cultivate a vibe

Pool landscape design makes your backyard feel connected and welcoming. Whether you’re after a classical garden feel, sleek resort style, or something in between, a pool landscaper can help you achieve the aesthetic to match your taste. And the more cohesive the style, the higher your property value will be. Potential homebuyers usually seek a landscape that is well thought out and goes with the rest of the house.

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Tips for an Excellent Pool Landscape

Keep these key points in mind for a stunning pool landscape:

The pool is your focal point

Make your pool the star of the show, and the rest of the landscape will follow. Design your entire backyard so that your landscape features complement the pool itself. There are many styles of pools to choose from, including classical rectangular pools, infinity pools, plunge pools, and more. When you choose to work with professionals at Zones, our Landscaping Consultants will help you curate an overarching design plan that can help you visualise your space and aid in decision making.

Consider your positioning

Where in your yard will your pool sit? Is the area partially shaded or sun-drenched? The positioning of your pool will influence the kind of foliage you plant, as well as the perfect spot for a pergola or gazebo.

While you’re at it, check out our advice on other elements to consider before building your swimming pool

Outdoor entertaining

Your backyard might be a sanctuary for you to unwind poolside with a book, be the go-to hub for a summer BBQ, or a bit of both. It’s crucial to take into consideration your outdoor entertainment needs, whether that’s in the form of an extensive deck with plenty of seating, an outdoor kitchen, or an alfresco living and dining area. Your Landscaping Consultant can help you make a plan and offer suggestions for the optimal outdoor features for your space.

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Inspiration for Your Wellington Pool Landscape

Check out some hot pool landscaping trends we’re seeing now:

Illuminate your space

Lighting plays a major role in creating a wow factor for your pool area once the sun goes down. String and fairy lights create a bit of whimsy for your garden, and underwater lighting makes the pool a cool focal point for your evening landscape.

Fabulous florals

Create a floral walkway with path-framing planting that leads guests to and from the pool. Fragrant jasmine or vibrant hydrangeas make for beautiful options in New Zealand.

Manicured hedges

Shapely hedges around your pool is another option. These add a year-round pop of gorgeous green, and act as a privacy screen for your swimming pool.

Blended zones

Jazz up pavers for your pool area by having soft ground cover grow between each paver. This feature gives your yard a natural look and feels nicer on bare feet. 

Top tip: Although grass is also an option, mowing it within the confines of your pool can be more hassle than it’s worth, and no-one wants grass clippings in their pool!

Pick the right plants

Whether you’re considering swimming pool or spa pool landscaping ideas in New Zealand, opt for easy-to-maintain plants and poolside ones that are tolerant to salt or chlorine, depending on your pool’s water. Choose low-maintenance shrubs, trees, and flowers that are known to flourish in the local climate. Succulents, flaxes, ferns, carpet roses, and hydrangeas are wonderful options for your Wellington poolscape.

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Ready to discuss your pool landscaping ideas with an expert?

Whether you have a simple pool landscaping plan in mind or want something more detailed and complex, get in touch with your local Zones Landscaping Consultants to chat about your ideas and source inspiration.


How much does a swimming pool cost?

Swimming pool costs vary considerably according to the size of your pool and material type you choose. Vinyl above-ground pools start from roughly $10,000*, while concrete pools cost from $70,000*. 

How long does it take to build a swimming pool?

Installation time depends on the size and scope of your pool landscaping project. If you are simply installing a pool, this will be quicker than a project that includes extra landscaping features like decking or pergolas. Your Landscaping Consultant will be able to give you a better estimate of the duration for your specific project.

What are sauna and plunge pool benefits?

If you’re short on space, a sauna and plunge pool setup is a great option to optimise your wellness routine. The combination of hot and cold can help reduce inflammation, promote circulation, and ease stress. Your Landscaping Consultant can help you create a design plan for a sauna and cold plunge space in your backyard.

*Costs are rough estimates and are subject to change. For a fixed-quote accurate to your specific project, please consult your local Zones® Landscaping Consultant.

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