Install a fence around the perimeter of the backyard. Paint it white, so flowers planted around it can stand out. A fence not only provides privacy, but it is also s safety feature when you own a pool.
Build a low-maintenance deck. Use plastic railings and a composite material for the decking. Composite materials cut down on the risk of splinters and have the added benefit of no staining or treating needed.
Install a patio with pavers. A two-level patio with contrasting paver stones adds visual interest. Pavers not only look beautiful, but they also require very little maintenance.
Put a 3-foot-wide area of mulch down in front of the pool, on the side that faces the rest of your outdoor living space. Make sure you put weed block down under the mulch.
Install low solar lights in the mulched area. Install tall solar lights behind the pool. Solar lighting is a good choice because your electric bill does not increase, and you have no wires to hide.
Add a solar fountain for more visual interest and a relaxing waterfall sound.
Buy large pots and plant colorful flowers. Install shepherd hooks to hold hanging potted plants to give a multilevel effect to the space.
Behind the pool, put down weed block and mulch, plant tall, colorful climbing roses, clematis and other flowering climbing plants. Add trellises and an arch for the climbers.
Install wireless audio speakers hidden behind the pots and your backyard will be filled with music.