Pool Landscaping Do’s and Don’ts – Choosing Plants
You would think it would be an easy choice when choosing plants for around your pool, think again!
- Plants that are sun-lovers
- Plants that are drought-tolerant
- Plants that are ornamental grasses, especially native plants
- Plants that are evergreen shrubs and trees
- Plants that are ivy and other hardy ground covers
- Plants that are succulents and tropical plants (check your USDA Hardiness Zone)
- Pots and planters with colorful annual flowers (water frequently)
You don’t want:
- Plants that are messy, dropping leaves and debris in the pool
- Plants that bear fruit
- Plants with lots of flowers
- Plants with deep root systems
- Plants that require lots of water
- Big trees and plants that provide too much shade on your pool
- Plants that attract stinging insects like wasps and some bees
- Plants with thorns and sharp foliage that can cut pets and people
- Plants that will grow too big, taking up space and blocking the view
- Plants that are not compatible with chlorinated pool water
- Plants that are poisonous or harmful to pets and people
Make sure there is no open dirt around the pool. If you have to have it put river rock on top of the dirt to keep it from flying into the pool. Try planting large trees a good distance from the pool and deck area, over the years roots grow large and can uproot tile and decking.
Less is more when it comes to landscaping your pool.