Planting Around Your Pool? Plan and Prevent Problems

Posted on: 17 June 2017

Aside from all the fun and exercise having a pool gives you, it also makes an attractive garden feature. But to really make it stand out, it's a good idea to think about the land surrounding the pool and maximise its visual appeal.

Items like firepits, chimineas and statues are great at adding a bit of warmth and luxury to the pool area, but you can't beat plants to really bring a garden to life.

When it comes to planting around a pool, however, there are some things you might want to consider that wouldn't normally enter your mind when selecting plants for the garden. Follow these tips to make the most of your pool planting:

Watch out for leaves

Dead leaves in the pool can be a real headache, making lots of extra work and leaving you struggling to keep the water clear. And if they clog up a filter, you might be in for expensive repairs.

To minimise this problem, it's best to avoid plants that shed their leaves anywhere near the pool. This means that most trees are out, and plenty of shrubs too. Fortunately, there are a lot of evergreens that don't shed leaves, so you have a lot of options for a bit of greenery.

You might find that you can successfully grow palm trees for a tropical feel, and succulents are another attractive choice – just avoid spiky cacti right next to the pool!

Think about maintenance

If you're not much of a gardener, the idea of constant care and watering is probably not very appealing. This is another reason to consider succulents, as they can survive on very little water. Deep-rooted trees can also make the best use of what little water is available in the ground.

Gain privacy

If you want to protect your pool from prying eyes, you can do so with plants instead of unsightly fences. Bamboo makes an excellent living fence, or you could install hedging.

Keep bugs at bay

As the sun begins to set, the biting bugs come out, and they're extremely unwelcome while you're enjoying your pool. Luckily, some plants can actually repel them, so you can enjoy a mozzie-free swim of an evening. Two popular choices are catnip and lavender, the latter of which also smells nice and looks pretty.

Craft a calming atmosphere

While you relax in the pool, it's nice to have long ornamental grasses swaying in the breeze, which helps you relax. Strongly scented plants like roses, jasmine, lavender and honeysuckle also go a long way to creating tranquillity.

Contact companies like Gold Coast Family Pools & Spas for more information and assistance.