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Here are some of the pools that decorate the Central Florida landscape. They offer a variety of features ranging from waterfalls to lakeside views.

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Plant profile: French marigold

Scientific name: Tagetes patula Growth habit: A rounded annual growing to 12 inches tall and wide. The leaves are dark green, fragrant, fern-like in appearance and growing to 4 inches long and half as wide. Light: Needs full sun for best growth. Water needs: Tolerates short periods of drought;...

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Bigger than a spa yet smaller than a pool, with waterfalls, fire pits, rock formations and jets.

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A 'flame bar' above a waterfall grotto.

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Angles and organic curves help this pool fit in with the shape of the yard.

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A raised spa flanked by fire bowls.

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A low wall covered in multicolored Italian glass tiles forms a striking backdrop for this pool.

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Enclosed pool with bar.

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The pool in St. Cloud, Fla. features a sandy beach at one end and tropical foliage on the other 3 sides.

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Planters filled with palms, jasmine and bouganvillea add to the pool's natural ambience.

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