Garden screening will be needed if your pool is overlooked. However, you might also want to consider screening it as part of the overall design of the backyard, or to ensure the pool is not a major feature of the space when its cover is on and it’s less attractive.
And of course, if your pool area is entirely open to the elements, you might like to consider garden shade to create some relief from hot sunshine.
There are lots of options for screening. ‘In a larger wrap-around garden, the pool can be to the sunny side of the house and slightly out of sight from the main garden,’ says Dr Peter Reader.
‘Many garden designs create “rooms” within the wider space and so the pool area can be compartmentalized off as part of the wider design. This can be done by the use of walls, hedging, or other planting, as well as simple hardscape structures like trellising.
‘Both trellis ideas and planting have an added advantage over more solid structures like walls in that they can have a degree of transparency which allows the spaces to be separated and yet still linked.
Examples might be a trellis that has a greater or lesser amount of climbers on it, giving screening that you can moderate. Plants like tall grasses or pleached trees can create a similar effect. The advantage of the shared planting between the two areas is that it also adds continuity to the wider garden design.
‘Another option is to sink the whole pool area to create a sunken garden. This can obviously be a more expensive option as it requires a greater amount of dig out, but it delivers the benefits of hiding the pool, providing privacy and also potentially shelter from the wind.’