Water adds an element of beauty, sound and movement to a garden and landscape, usually embodied by a pool. Different pools have different purposes. They can be decorative, therapeutic or recreational. Pools involve a commitment of money, time and effort, as well as an allocation of space on a property. A small pool may be the best solution for the available space and budget and property owner's needs.
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If space is limited in the garden or maintenance of a large pool is a concern, a reflecting pool may be a good choice. Reflecting pools can be any size desired, but are shallow in depth with calm water. They are situated near an ornamental aspect that they enhance by reflecting in the surface of the water. Place a reflecting pool in front of a showy, flowering ornamental shrub such as azalea or magnolia. Other areas to locate a reflecting pool include in front of a statue or ornamental tree. Famous public reflecting pools include the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., and the reflecting pool in front of the Taj Mahal in India.
Spa or Hot Tub
Therapeutic pools such as spas and hot tubs are good examples of small pools that provide double benefits. When maintained properly and landscaped attractively, they can be part of the landscape that also provide relaxation. While they do require proper maintenance, they do not need as much maintenance effort as large swimming pools. Hot tubs and spas are available in small enough sizes to fit on small patios and in small backyards and even basements or family rooms.
Natural Waterfall Pool
Natural pools do not use chlorine to clean and filter the water. They use biological filter systems, some using waterfalls, and are often planted with aquatic plants, which may be part of the biological filter. A corner of the backyard or garden is a good location for a natural waterfall pool constructed with natural stone.
Swim Spa or Lap Pool
Swim spas and lap pools are for those who want to exercise in the water without the expense and space of a full-size swimming pool. Swim spas produce strong currents for swimmers to swim into while moving in place. Lap pools are narrow, long pools for swimming back and forth. These small pools fit well in narrow and compact spaces indoors and out, and provide the opportunity for water exercise as well as the beauty of a water feature.
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