Pool Landscaping

Sollace

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Aug 16, 2020
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Byran TX
I'm not sure if there's a section dedicated to this topic or if it's somewhere buried under an 'Everything Else.'

Landscaping can be really involved. I'd be curious to know about plants that do well around pools. Tolerate pool spills. Evergreens. Sturdy plants that tolerate various planting zones, easy to grow, provide shade, or have a nice floral scent. A lush backdrop to showcase the pool. Those with fewer leaves ending up in the pool.

Those new to pools may be new to landscaping ideas, not just what to plant but what works. Some may have tried different plants and given up. Others may find something successful and want to share. Some may not want plants but want to know about gravel, mulch, and yard drainage.

Anyway, I thought it'd be a suggestion, maybe a topic to pursue. I wish some of these horticultural Youtube sensations would discuss the ins and outs of pool plants. Maybe it's there someplace, I keep getting distracted by all the other plant videos.
 
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YippeeSkippy

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Evans, Georgia
I will say you don't want too much in the scent range if its gonna attract Bees. Perhaps your local Extension Agent can suggest what does well in your area?

Don't use dyed fake mulch because the dye gets into the water if the mulch does. We've read of that problem here before.

If possible put a hose bib down near the pool area for watering flowers, particularly pots as they dry out quickly.

If I think of other stuff I'll spin back.....

Maddie
 
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Sollace

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Aug 16, 2020
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Byran TX
We had lantanas and Mexican heather mixed together in a large area about seven feet from the pool. Yellow and purple and it worked. I can't remember if there were bees or not but the section gave the back yard an English garden feel. Around the pool we planted canna lilies.
 

jark87

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Jun 5, 2011
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Flower Mound, TX
The only time we had trouble with landscaping was when using PVC sprayers to try and cool the pool water. Wind would blow the spray onto surrounding plants and they didn’t like it. I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until after we got the chiller and over the next couple of years, those plants got healthy again.