Every pool needs beautiful plants to surround and compliment it. Here are our top tips when choosing plants for your pool area:
DO NOT choose plants that are deciduous or are likely to drop alot of leaves. Pools tend to be situated in exposed areas and high winds will surely bring more leaves to your pool!
DO NOT choose plants with invasive root systems as this can cause damage to the pool shell.
DO choose plants that require little to no maintenance.
DO choose plants that can provide a wind break.
DO choose plants that can provide some shade to at least a quarter of the pool providing shelter from those hot summer sun.
Think about the all over feel you want to bring to your pool - tropical, formal or Australian natives?
Our top plant recommendations are:
1. Asplenium nidus (birds nest fern) - Plant these in a shady area of the pool area and they will thrive and create that lush tropical feel
2. Agave attenuata - These are very hardy, will multiply and create that perfect landscaped beachy feel
3. Cordyline fruticosa 'rubra', Cordyline negra, Cordyline fruticosa 'kiwi' - These provide vibrant and contrasting colour in shades of red, pinks and greens
4. Streletzia juncea (leafless bird of paradise), Streletzia reginae (Bird of paradise), Streletzia nicholai (Giant White Bird of Paradise) - Plant these as feature plants or mass planting and bring the exotics to your pool
5. Elaeocarpus Eumundi - These are our top pick for screening around a pool. They grow in a column like structure and never require any pruning! They constantly flush new growth in shades of red, copper and green. They will definately screen out your neighbours, so if privacy is what you are after then these are for you.
6. Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' - These are also great for screening around a pool or as a feature tree. They hold their form so you don't have to prune them. Also very popular at the moment, these plants are the in thing!
Any types of grasses as they are low maintenance and basically take care of themselves.
OUR TOP FIVE HEDGING PLANTS FOR A POOL AREA
The plants listed below are less likely to drop flowers, berries and leaves into and around your pool.
1. Michelia figo
2. Murraya Paniculata
3. Photinia 'Red Robin' or 'Robusta'
4. Viburnum odoratissimum
5. Viburnum odoratissimum 'Emerald Lustre'
If you would like more information or advice on planting around your pool please telephone or email us at email@example.com