Here's another view from swimming pool picture 2. For the most part, this tropical pool is surrounded by the gravel bed and stepping stones. However, for the rest of the planting ideas, there is a bit of lawn that comes to within a foot of the edge of the pool.
While there are a lot of plants around this pool, they don't cause much of a maintenance problem because the area and plants are tropical. There is some maintenance but not as much as in an area with drastic seasonal changes. Know your plants and choose wisely when Planting Around Swimming Pools.