It’s cold in Missouri and as I sit here sipping tea and dreaming of summer, I thought I’d share a few photos I snapped during a garden tour in Springfield, Missouri last year.
It was a great tour with lots of natural water features, which I love, but I was most impressed by the creative landscaping done around this modest pool. Maybe you are like me and crave the cool comfort of a swimming pool in the heat of summer, but am stuck between not having the cash to finance an in-ground pool and being too concerned with aesthetics to ever add a big blue above ground pool to an otherwise lovely backyard. These creative homeowners found a solution:
A small deck and fence conceal this easy-set style above ground pool. With dramatic ornamental grasses planted just outside the fence, the only hint of a pool from across the yard is an inviting sliver of cool blue rising above the fence. A raised deck with an umbrella provides the perfect spot for parents to supervise swimming pool fun.
Not everyone is interested in investing in an in-ground swimming pool, even if they have space and resources. Pool maintenance is expensive, time-consuming, and essential for the life of the pool- which can be decades. In-ground pools are, generally, permanent commitments. Although in-ground pools can be removed- the cost of removal can rival the cost of installation! For most people, an above ground pool is actually a better choice. Although many adults enjoy lap swimming for exercise, aquarobics, or just cooling off in a pool, most of the time pools are used primarily by growing kids. Many parents choose temporary pools, instead of a decades-long commitment to a property liability that their kids will eventually outgrow.
The pond pictured here is really the best of both worlds, don’t you think? One of the primary arguments AGAINST above ground pools is that they tend to be an eyesore to look at: a big blue monstrosity in an otherwise nice backyard.
Building a fence, decking, and landscaping around an above ground pool isn’t cheap- it’s an investment in itself- but seems to be a happy medium for these homeowners who wanted the ease of an above ground pool without the hassle of looking at it.
This standard soft-sided blue above ground pool is placed in the corner of a yard with a solid plant fence surrounding the perimeter. The fencing has two purposes: keeping unsupervised children out of the pool and hiding the offensively bright blue material from disrupting the vibe of a tranquil backyard garden.
For additional screening, ornamental grasses have been added. Ornamental grasses can grow up to 6-10 ft high in a single season and are a great choice for concealing a large backyard eyesore. Countless colorful varieties of ornamental grasses make this a fun addition.
With a fence and grasses in place, you’ll need to make sure that you have a way to supervise young swimmers with a clear view- and that’s where this deck comes in. Elevated just a few feet off the ground, this umbrella-shaded deck offers just enough space for parents to gather and relax comfortably while making sure young swimmers stay safe. These homeowners opted for concrete steps, but wood deck steps can be built or purchased pre-fabricated.
This above ground pool privacy deck setup even has space for a clothesline! Strung off to the side, the space between raised overlook deck and the perimeter fence makes a great place to install a line for drying towels and swimsuits. Also concealed by the privacy fence and ornamental landscaping, it’s hung to dry here are less visible from other areas of the yard.
Lindsayanne is a professional artist, writer, and serial-DIY-er with a knack for solving problems creatively at home, in the studio, out in the garden, and even online. Learn more about Lindsay, her training, and her background here.