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Luxury Pools Spring/Summer 2018

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4 2 S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 LUXURYPOOLS.COM Lebanon has a drier climate, "the temperature is very similar," Wood says. The finished project includes a cabana, water features, hardscape, and landscape around a freeform pool with a mix of straight and curved lines and a rounded spa with a perimeter overflow. The space also boasts beautiful plant walls featuring a variety of vegetation like Thymus vulgaris, tunic flower, blue spruce, and Irish moss. A wide array of groundcover, evergreens, and tropical plants like elephant ears, ferns, and blue hosta adds to the atmosphere. The result is a lush, peaceful landscape with a lot of color and height. It's an outdoor oasis that gives its owners a little feel of Lebanon in the American south. THE PLACE Upstate New York Upstate New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are renowned for their beautiful scenery, but they also have very cold, snowy winters and warm summers. This is where Jamie Scott, owner of Group Works LLC, in Wilton, Connecticut, does a significant amount of his work. In these "freeze-thaw areas of the country," says Scott, it's important to choose harder, more durable stones that won't be affected by freezing water. Happily, a lot of the best stones for those purposes are local to the area, like bluestone from the Catskill Mountain region and granite from New England. Those rocks are also in the region's soil, making it great for drainage, adds Scott. One thing he approaches with caution, however, is glass tile in pool interiors, since frost can get in between the glass and thinset and pop off the tiles when the pool water freezes. "We in the Northeast have learned that using a glass tile in the interior is problematic, and that it takes special preparation and winter-time care," he says. When it comes to landscaping, Scott F E A T U R E S prefers plants that are suited to the climate, or even southern perennials that, in the Northeast, become annuals. Tropical plants generally aren't in style here, he notes. "It's just not good manners to the neighborhood," he says. Instead, Scott likes to use Japanese snowbell trees, Summer Wine ninebark shrubs, hemlock, and hydrangeas, as well as lots of pots around pools and outdoor spaces for added beauty and color. And in a place where mountain views are paramount, Scott often favors glass panels or taking advantage of grade changes in the landscape to install required fencing below the eye line and out of view. unique-landscapes.com, bilowzassociates.com, julietwooddesign.com groupworksllc.com photographs courtesy of Group Works LLC Group Works LLC used hard and durable stones, as well as plants suited to the local climate in this poolscape's design.

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