Landscape Help - a small sloped corner. Boulders? Retaining wall block?

l1ltaral1l

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Jul 16, 2019
270
Walnutport, PA
We are currently under construction, and will need a small 'wall' area to one deep end corner of our pool. We initially thought we could just leave it graded off, but it's looking too high so we'd like to add a wall of some sort. I love the look of natural boulders, but I can't quite picture the top part where the wall would meet the concrete decking along the pool. Boulders with mulch sounds ideal to me, but dyed mulch (I hate the natural stuff) only being 3' away from water with kids and dogs doesn't sound like a good idea to me. I also thought about adding a shorter section of decorative fence and having a climbing perennial there instead. Any other design tricks I'm missing? I'm in overload mode and my brain has shut down from being in the middle of a build. :scratch:
 

l1ltaral1l

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Jul 16, 2019
270
Walnutport, PA
Realized I never updated this thread - and figured I should because I know how much time I spent searching the forum for keywords when we were building! This is the end result of how we handled the retaining wall:

 
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JW1

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Sep 4, 2019
26
Ohio
We had a similar situation with our kick out concrete patio on one side of the pool. We selected boulders over a traditional retaining wall or grading it out with more dirt. We are very happy with our choice.