Natural Pools, Photo Gallery
Tips and advice on adding plants to a natural pool.
TAKING THE PLUNGE
Planting choices for natural pools depend on what species are native to the area, but Biotop’s Anton Schneeweiss recommends three types of in-pool varieties, including submergent, like Myriophyllum verticillatum (whorl-leaf watermilfoil) and Ceratophyllum demersum (coon’s tail); floating, encompassing water lilies, Nymphoides peltata (yellow floatingheart), and Potamogeton natans (floating pondweed); and emergent, like iris and Carex pseudocyperus (cypresslike sedge).
LEFT: Natural pools, like this one in Switzerland, allow a wide range of plantings in the water and surrounding it.
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Though not as active in the cleaning process, swamp plants scattered liberally around the water’s edge help further integrate the swimming pool into the landscape.
LEFT: Plants such as water lilies add beauty while helping control algae growth
Upkeep generally only requires occasional topping off, a quick check of the skimmer and filter every few days, and a periodic thinning/deadheading of plants.
LEFT: A setting for relaxing or swimming, a natural pool blends into the landscape; in the foreground is Lysimachia punctata (yellow loosestrife).
Before winter, pump and pipes may need to be drained to prevent cracking, but the pool can stay uncovered, a year-round landscape feature rather than a tarp-covered eyesore.
LEFT: design juxtaposes the natural and man-made.