Black Pools and Ponds

Reading about Andy Sturgeon’s garden for the Chelsea Flower show in my previous post, I was intrigued by the black pond.  It is a dye, and the dye makes pools not only visually more attractive, but deeper looking, and thus the surface more reflective. Reading the product specs, they say it is OK for use in a swimming pool….but I have this really cute white swimsuit….I love the look….but I am not sure I am willing to take a risk.   I am also interested about product claims to help protect fish from predators and reduce algae growth.

Here and here are links to the two main products for dying your pool or pond.  You can achieve that sleek modern look with black or you can go for blue and try to make things a little more pastoral.

Have you used them?  I want to hear about your success…aversions…would you wear the white bikini in the dyed black pond??

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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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  1. Chris Heiler on February 11, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I’d wear the white bikini. Oh…wait a minute, I take that back.

    Chris Heiler
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  2. Priscilla Purinton on February 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I saw the black pool dye used at NYBG. It looked fabulous! I dipped my hand in the water and there was no residue when I pulled it out. I don’t know if cloth would be more absorptive than skin.

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