Is there anything more idyllic than lounging around a poolside with a drink hanging lazily in your hand?
A newcastle swimming pools can be an amazing place to kick back and relax. But having sparkling fresh pool waters be surrounded by boring gray concrete can ruin your aesthetics.
A well-landscaped poolside can elevate your pool’s style quotient to the next level. The best swimming pools are enveloped by the best-looking plants and trees that really make the pool zone a refreshing little sanctuary. It’s an important part of psychology to have yourself surrounded by green and blue for optimum health.
This article will illustrate the most important factors to keep in mind when planting around a poolside. You need plants that don’t just survive, but ones that thrive and blend in with your environment at the same time.
Where Do I Start?
Growing plants at your poolside require careful consideration. The kind of climate you live in is important, as is the plant you choose. You don’t want to select a beautiful-looking plant only to find out its roots are wrecking your pool-site and the trees are plopping fruits and leaves into your expensive pool.
You need to consider:
- The micro-climate
- The sun pattern the plant requires
- The amount of maintenance your plant requires
- The ultimate growth of height and width of the plant
To start with, you want to plant at least 8 feet (2.44 meters) away from your pool zone if your plant specimens to grow near the ground. This is crucial to protect the foundations of your pool and to keep a safe distance for everything else.
People in dry regions should consider drought-tolerant plants that can thrive even without regular rains. Consider low-maintenance plants if you can’t water frequently, and find a balance between beauty and practicality. The plant’s needs should be met, as well as the needs of your pool. If their needs are at odds, you’re going to have a bad time.
You want to actively avoid plants that prefer dry conditions, as you’re likely to have pool water splashing about and getting your plants wet regularly.
To start with, you’ll need fast growing plants that can quickly form a privacy shield around your pool areas to organically cordon them off. Vines can interweave their way through any fences and rails and create a cozy little divider between your pool zone and everything else.
Consider plants such as:
- Trumpet vine
- Carolina Jessamine
- Lady Banks rose
The next essential plant would be a bug repellent.
Pools are natural magnets for mosquitoes. The heat and moisture they provide can quickly become a breeding ground for insects unless you take the necessary precautions. You can arrange rows of potted plants around your pool area to serve as pretty little foliage against the backdrop of blue.
Mosquitoes and bugs form a big part of why pools grow unclean over time and require significant labor to remove them. The simplest way to prevent bugs are known bug repellent plants such as
These can be carried around in pots and rearranged as you please. Don’t keep them too near the pool or they can lose their potency, however.
You’ll need plants that hide the undesirable elements of your setting as well as plants that can do a great job at blending in. For this reason, succulents are found at nearly every poolside. They’re evergreen and look fantastic next to pools. Most succulents don’t come with thorns or needles, so they won’t prick guests that are lounging around half-clothed. Even if succulents do have thorns, they tend to be minuscule. The best succulents for poolside planting are:
- Agave attenuata
- Aptenia cordifolia
- Portulacaria afra
Next, you’ll need plants that look fantastic against a blue backdrop.
These plants are perfect for any poolside. They’re very low maintenance,
They look visually striking, and can thrive in soils with different fertility and temperature conditions. Ornamental grasses are highly versatile and come in lots of colors to landscape your pool area with.
Most of these plants look flashy, colorful, and produce fine foliage.
The best ornamental grasses to plant poolside are:
- Giant reed
- Japanese blood grass
- Yellow foxtail grass
- Fountain grass
- Feather grass
- Zebra grass
- Korean grass
- Blue fescue
Now that your pool looks great and feels great, you’ll need something to make it smell great.
Your sense of smell is most strongly associated with memory. When lounging poolside and making happy memories, you want a sweet-smelling, exquisite smell that can spruce up your poolside experience.
There are plenty of sweet-scented vines, trees, and shrubs that are ideal for planting along a pool. Many even smell better at night, making night-time swims all the more memorable and fun. These need to be set a considerable distance from your pool, however.
Here are some of the best smelling plants that can make your pool a fragrant wonderland:
- Angel’s trumpet
- Casablanca lily
- Evening primrose
- Yellow evening primrose
- Flowering tobacco
We’ve covered nearly everything your pool needs now, but you might find one thing missing. It’s difficult to close your eyes and let yourself fall into a devil-may-care attitude when you’re set against the hustle and bustle of a city. Cold gray concrete ruins the tropical immersion every pool tries to recreate. Everything would be perfect if you could just wall yourself off from view from the rest of the city.
The only thing standing between you and relaxation is the right species of tree to give it that tropical and exotic spark. Here are some trees that create ample shade for your pool area and provide a lot of color at the same time:
- Palm trees
- Citrus trees
- Japanese maple trees
- Fruitless olive trees
- Floss silk trees
- Desert ironwood trees
- Palo verde trees
Your new swimming pool should be decked out in as many colors as possible, look great, smell great, and feel great. You’re well on your way to creating an amazing poolside experience. If you still find yourself unhappy with your pool, why not consult a professional pool designer to take your pool’s aesthetics to the next level?