Need Help Picking the Perfect Poolside Plants? Look No Further.

Need Help Picking the Perfect Poolside Plants? Look No Further.

10 Pointers on Picking Perfect Poolside Plants


It’s an easy choice to overlook, or to not take very seriously:  What kind of plants, foliage and trees should be planted immediately around and near my swimming pool.  Those that make this mistake, however, could be dealing with a nuiscance for many years to come.  When leaves, fruit, nuts or flowers are clogging the skimmers and the main drain, there are potentiall catastrophic consequences to a filtration system, not to mention the additional time and effort it takes to clean the pool for your family and guests.  Additionally, says this post from Pool Pricer, plants can wither with the increased heat of a pool deck and water, die from chlorine splash, damage equipment from invasive roots, and present many more pitfalls that need to be considered.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

 Installation may absorb the lion’s share of your energy and budget, but in the end, it’s often the little things that make or break a swimming pool. If you’re spending thousands – or more likely, tens of thousands – to build the perfect pool, you should take the time to nail the smaller details such as landscaping. That includes choosing the right trees and plants to complement your pool.

It goes without saying that you should choose vegetation that looks nice and grows well in your area. However, there are a few other considerations that might not be so obvious to a first time pool owner. Here are 10 things to look for (or avoid) when deciding which plants should go around your pool.

1. Look for plants that make your pool pop

In all likelihood, your pool is the centerpiece of your yard. Choose plants that frame and draw attention to your pool with complementary colors and shapes. For the “stay-cation” effect, consider tropical plants like hibiscus or birds of paradise.

2. Choose plants that can take the heat

Your pool and the surrounding deck reflect the sun’s heat, making the area abnormally hot. Plants that might thrive in other parts of your yard can wither when placed poolside.

3. Avoid plants that litter

Many plants drop leaves, fruit, nuts, or flowers that can clog skimmers and generally clutter up your pool. Avoid these plants, along with any others that require a lot of maintenance. You should spend most of your time relaxing in your pool area, not maintaining it.

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