Life’s no vacation for plants installed around a pool. Between splashes of chlorinated water, reflected heat, foot traffic, and often winter neglect, they take plenty of abuse. But, if you choose carefully and select plants that can stand up to these conditions, you can have a lovely and colorful garden all season. Since the poolscape doesn’t exist in isolation, the design should be consistent with the rest of the garden or the style of the nearby house. So, we’ve divided this into three categories. All of these can go into containers or directly into the ground (see tips below for more info).
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FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANTING BY THE POOL
- Avoid plants that litter by dropping lots of leaves, needles, flowers, fruits, sap, or debris. This includes many trees but also some shrubs and vines such as bougainvillea.
- If planting very close to the pool or pool surround, avoid plants with sharp blades, thorns, spines that can cause injury. This includes cactus and some succulents.
- Beware of plants with invasive roots that can tear up paving and impact stability of in-ground or above ground pools.
- We love bees but swarms of them near the pool is no-go. Avoid magnets such as honeysuckle, bottlebrush, wisteria and some perennials.
- Factor in the upkeep of poolside plantings and if you would rather swim than tend, consider lots of containers with a drip system set on a timer.