Swimming Pools and First Day of Summer


Happy first day of summer! It is a very humid and hot summer day in Central Ohio, so I am dreaming of cooling off in a pool. Here are some inspirational pools to daydream about as you crank up the AC and celebrate Summer!

The rose bushes in terracotta containers help to define the pool area and the large weeping trees beyond provide much needed shade.
Image from Elle Decor June 2005

The crisp white Hydrangea’s in matching white containers are a beautiful repetition around this Hampton pool.
Elle Decor June 2006

Pool of Laura Fisher. staircase down to pool of granite and bluestone.
I love when a pool is lined with stone and then turf. It seems less formal and the blue of the water and green grass is always cooling to view
Image from House & Garden – year ?

Again with the natural stone and turf pool surround. This pool also includes iron day beds instead of the standard lounge chairs. Not really my taste.
Image Elle Decor June 2009


This pools is as simple as they come, with stone coping and grass and fields beyond.
I think this came from house beautiful – year?


This pool was designed by Scott Johnson. The pool house is sided in Nevada quartzite, the pools coping is flagstone, Japanese garden stones at the entry and granite boulders around the edge. The bottom of the pool is a pale taupe to make the water appear as crystal blue as possible.
Image from Garden Design – year ?


This is 1/2 of my favorite pool image. This pool also features a rustic white barn on the pool terrace. This pool also surrounded by turf with natural stone pavers. I also love the containers located within the turf area and the grade change for the pool area.
Image from Elle Decor July/August 2008


You might see the pattern for the types of pools I like. I love the boxwoods flanking this pool and the view beyond.
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Another favorite is this one, I love the levels, the surrounding landscape and is a natural pond filtration.
Image from here.

Scampston Hall

Piet Oudolf, Scampston Hall

 A few weeks ago I posted about  renowned landscape designer, Piet Oudolf and mentioned that his work at Scampston Hall in the Walled Garden deserved a whole post of its own. Here it is, including the many other beautiful gardens at Scampston Hall.

Scampston Hall is located in North Yorkshire, England and was originally built in 1690 for the St. Quintin family. The home on the property has been through four renovations, the most recent in 1990. It was the current renovation that has brought back original character of the property and redesign of the Walled Garden.  

Image from here.
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                   THE WALLED GARDEN – Designed by Piet Oudolf

Besides the walled garden, there is the gardens designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown dating back to 1782. For information visiting the gardens and home learn more here.
Overhead view of the walled garden.
Image from here.
Overview of garden – foreground are the drift of grasses – to the left is the silent garden.
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Drifts/Waves of molinia grass. I really like the modern ceder club chairs.
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Alternative view of the Molinia drifts.
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The Molinia grass earlier in the season.
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The Perennial Meadow located in front of the conservatory, is planted using Piet’s method of Naturalized plantings.
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An alternative view of the perennial meadow.
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The plantsman’s walk, filled with spring flowering plants runs along the edge of the walled garden.
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This is the silent garden, devoid of flowering plants.
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Reflection pool in the silent garden.
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Steal this Look – Rustic Italian

Agave, Boston Ivy, Gravel, Italian, Rhododendron, Steal this Look, Wisteria

While searching some older magazines I came across this image of a Italian courtyard.The garden is located outside Milan Italy and does not look like a typical Italian (Tuscan) garden. I am an advocate for covering garden walls/homes with ivy and climbers to provide additional interest to your garden. Here are some details if you like this look and would like to recreate with the same plants (plus a few tips).
Happy Planting!

Seen in Veranda September 2009