How to Landscape Around a Pool

Creating a resort-like atmosphere in your backyard space requires some thought, especially if you’re looking for a low-maintenance garden that provides privacy without creating lots of debris and even more pool cleaning. Whether you prefer a tropical theme, or one that’s more modern or desert-like, here are some smart poolside garden tips to create your backyard oasis.

1. Be sure to prepare the soil around your pool by using the Garden Weasel Cultivator. You’ll want to plant low-growing varieties about six feet from the edge of the pool, so they don’t spread into the water.

2. If you live in a mild climate, fast-growing banana trees instantly add a tropical mood with their long, broad leaves. Plant them away from the strong winds. Since pools are usually in full sun – and heated ones can also raise humidity levels – choose plants such as agave, aloe and yucca, which thrive in hot weather.

3. For show-stopping blossoms, grow Hawaiian hibiscus or bird of paradise. The exotic Egyptian papyrus is another lush plant that does well even if you have clay soil, and it won’t mind being splashed by people in the pool. Angel’s trumpet smells wonderful, making it the perfect poolside shrub. Add some velvety texture with echeverias, succulent perennials in red, yellow, pinks and greens. They’re ideal in rock gardens and are drought tolerant.

4. Native to Australia, kangaroo paws are slim and elegant with striking, curved flowers that come in bright yellow, vivid pink and reddish-orange. Shrubbier hebes, also known as veronica in New Zealand, are vibrant plants that enhance poolside borders. Be sure to deadhead the flowers and water them often for best results.

5. Ornamental grasses are low-maintenance, plus they grow quickly and blend in with most plants so you can tuck them anywhere in your flowerbeds. Geraniums also work well around the pool, because their vibrant color lasts from spring to fall.

6. You may also want to plant flowers in large containers or pots, which allows you to mix and match different textures and specimens, and change your groupings for different seasons. Some varieties that provide brilliant pops of color include euphorbia, verbena, salvia and primrose. Just remember that poolside pots dry out quickly, so you’ll need to water them more often than your flowerbeds.

Once your garden design is complete incorporate some outdoor lighting into your garden, so you can entertain poolside in the evenings. Share your lovely poolside garden photos with us!


Egyptian papyrus: Photo Credit: blumenbiene Flickr via Compfight cc

Angel’s Trumpet: Photo Credit: mcfsharonbrown Flickr via Compfight cc

Echeverias: Photo Credit: TNForest Flickr via Compfight cc

Hebe: Photo Credit: caz15x Flickr via Compfight cc

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