Our pool is just about done, only have the plaster left, so I'm thinking about the next phase of landscaping. I'll be doing almost all of this myself, not just to save some money but because I enjoy getting my hands dirty. But I'm really at a loss on what plants to use.
Here's a picture of our pool and patio:
I'm going to have a planter about 18-24" deep along the back, behind the weeping wall and the rest will be grass. I'm debating whether to build plant beds around the near patio where the diving board will be, and to the far left, just outside the picture is the fence around the equipment where I'll probably do a trellis and vine (just to soften it instead of staring at a fence). Then there's some beds between the patio and the house.
Right between the end of the patio and end of the weeping wall I was thinking of a banana tree or dwarf palm, something that gets 7-8' tall. But there's a valve box and all the pipes for the weeping wall, so it has to be something that doesn't have aggressive roots.
Based on all this, are there any suggestions? Or for that matter, plants to avoid?