When you put in a pool, it can be pretty in itself, however it can be made to be more of an oasis with the right landscaping. Here are a few things to consider before you decide what you would like to do:
Climate Zone - Before you decide what type of plants you would like in your poolside landscaping, you need to consider your climate zone first. You need something that will last in the sun during the summer in your particular area. Tropical plants may look nice and proper poolside, but will those plants survive in your climate after the season is over? Maybe use some tropical type plants in pots so you can either get rid of them at the end of the season, or move them indoors over the winter if you need to.
Theme of the Home - Always keep your pool landscaping in the same theme of your home. Modern landscaping may not look right with a traditional cottage. You want to compliment your home.
Consider Privacy - When you are choosing your plants, you want to think about some plants that will help keep that area private. Maybe some shrubs that will create a barrier or some tall grasses.
Keep It Clean - Make sure your plants and trees don't leave a lot of messy leaves, flowers or drop fruits or nuts in and around your pool. Not only can they be an eyesore and make a mess in your pool, they may make the area dangerous as well.
Comfort & Beauty - Think of how much shade you do (or don't) want around your pool for maximum comfort and pick plants you love to look at. You can also consider hardscaping (concrete or other stones). Some things can help soften the edge of your pool and even help a small pool appear larger.
If you take a little extra time and research before you landscape around your pool, you can make a pool-side oasis that will last for years to come!