Garden Gallery: Contemporary Pool with a Soul


I think it can be be hard to imagine a garden or an outdoor living area that is completely devoid of grass. But I find interesting that when this ‘must have’ or assumed item is taken out of the design consideration completely how suddenly the outdoors becomes a more integrated living space.

Take this design by TLC pools in Australia. The garden is much more of an extended living space than most outdoor areas. For my taste I would love to have it greened up a bit but the ferns on the hillside  should take care of that (they look small and they will be lovely when they fill in), but even the pool feels useful and more interesting than just a big blue square set in a lawn.

I am not always the biggest fan of contemporary style landscapes but this one warms me up to the style.  It is livable and beautifully designed with lots of personal details that the look can sometimes lack.   This garden even includes a meditation  shelter with spectacular views which is up the hillside.

Make sure you check out the rest of the images on TLC’s portfolio project page for more inspiration.  There are some great ideas there including detail shots of the that fantastic triangular pergola over the sitting area.

images: TLC Lanscapes


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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