Your swimming pool is a valuable addition to your home. And adding plants around it can be pleasing to the eyes. Apart from adding to the visual appeal of your pool, plants can add to the coolness of the atmosphere. What are the best plants you can add around your pool?
Poolside landscaping is an opportunity to create a soothing oasis in your backyard. If you’ve invested in installing a pool, go the extra step and choose plants that are truly complementary.
Characteristics of Good Poolside Plants
There are several important characteristics to look for when choosing plants for around your pool, some of which are practical, some of which are aesthetic. The aesthetic part is easy to imagine, just think of a tropical oasis — gently swaying palm trees, lush foliage, and exotic flowers. To avoid unwanted maintenance and safety issues, however, make sure the plants also meet the following requirements.
Minimal litter – Cleaning sticks and leaves from the pool and constantly sweeping up the poolside patio is big chore; plus, you don’t want people running barefoot over tree litter.
Doesn’t attract swarms of bees – The good news is that most tropical flowers are not particularly attractive to bees; but avoid things with clusters of small blue or purple flowers, like lavender and rosemary, which are extremely appealing to bees.
The following species are a good choice to plant in masses near the edge of the poolside patio where they can be enjoyed up close. They can also be planted in pots and planters directly on the patio.