5 Great Tips For Pot Plants Around Pool Areas | An Expert Guide On Pool Landscaping


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Swimming pools have never been more popular. According to statistics from 2015 , 26% of travelers around the world consider swimming pools to be necessary amenities while on holiday. However, creating a relaxing and inviting poolside oasis involves more than just crystal-clear water and comfortable loungers. To truly enhance the ambiance of your swimming pool and bring a touch of nature to the area, consider the beauty and versatility of pot plants around pools. With carefully selected planters and greenery, it's possible to transform the poolside into a vibrant and serene retreat that will make you feel like you're on vacation all year round, regardless of if you're in tropical regions or cold winter areas.

In this article, we'll explore creative ideas and practical tips for using planters strategically around your swimming pool, allowing you to infuse your outdoor space with natural beauty while adding privacy, shade, and a delightful aesthetic appeal.

However, before we dive into the world of pot plants around the pool, there are a few subjects we need to cover. First off, we'll need to detail the different aspects one must be aware of to properly use great container plants around a pool area. Afterward, we'll tell you what our favorite planters for such landscape design are, before finally getting into tips for turning your pool garden into a perfect blend of green and blue.

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What Are Some Key Elements Of Successfully Using Container Plants Around A Swimming Pool?

When it comes to using container plants around a swimming pool, several key elements contribute to a successful and harmonious landscape. By carefully considering these factors, you can create a pool area that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Plant Selection

Choosing the right plants for your pool area is crucial. Opt for plants that can thrive in the specific conditions around a pool, such as heat from a full sun, humidity, and potential splashes of water. As you might expect from this type of outdoor space, sun exposure is also great so you're going to want to make sure your plants can handle that--Being drought tolerant is an added bonus!

Overall, you're going to want to select varieties that are low-maintenance, non-invasive, and won't shed excessive leaves or flowers into the pool. Palms, succulents, ornamental grasses, and tropical plants are great container plants for their resilience and ability to add a touch of lushness to the poolside. Consult with your local nursery or look online for other plants to check out.

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Container Choice

Though greatly overshadowed by the plants potted inside them, planters are just as important. For this reason, container choice will follow up our list of key elements for successful pool area container gardening.

For best results, containers need to be able to withstand the various conditions that are specific to pool areas. To recap, you're going to want them to be able to withstand the heat of full sun exposure, humidity, and the occasional splash of water.

The planter material that best satisfies all these requirements, while being a stylish container in and of itself, is fiberglass . These containers are perfect for use in a swimming pool as they are extremely durable and weather-resistant. Even if the full sun is out, they won't have any problem withstanding the sun exposure. Furthermore, once the warmer months are over and temperatures drop, your planter will have no issue handling the cold. Better yet, as it's so lightweight you can always just bring the planter inside!

As a pro tip, choose containers of varying shapes, sizes, and colors to create visual interest around your pool garden. Or have a statement plant paired with a more muted fiberglass planter like the Cuba Low Corner Planter for an interesting effect!

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Maintenance Considerations

Proper maintenance is crucial to keep your poolside container plants healthy and vibrant. You are going to want to:

  • Regularly water the plants, taking care not to overwater or let the containers sit in stagnant water, a direct cause of root rot.
  • Remove any fallen leaves or debris to maintain cleanliness and prevent clogging of pool filters.
  • Prune or trim the plants as needed to control their growth and ensure they don't obstruct views or impede pool activities.

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Placement And Spacing

Careful placement of container plants around your pool is essential for both visual appeal and safety. By ensuring plants are positioned away from walkways and seating areas, you're able to prevent any obstruction or potential accidents, something crucial for both homes and hotels.

What you're going to want to do is leave enough space between the planters to allow for comfortable movement whilst maintaining a sense of openness. Strategic placement of plants also allow for ground cover, shade, privacy, or the option of creating natural barriers to delineate different areas of the poolside.

By considering these key elements—plant selection, container choice, maintenance, and placement and spacing—you can successfully utilize container plants around your swimming pool to enhance its visual appeal, create a serene atmosphere, and establish a harmonious connection between nature and your poolside retreat.

What's The Best Container For A Pool Garden?

Though we already touched upon the subject, we wanted to reiterate the fact that fiberglass planters are the best containers for a swimming pool. Whether you decide to plant flowering plants like Elephant Ears, trees, or Staghorn ferns, fiberglass is the container to do just that.

They are:

  • Weather resistant and can handle prolonged periods of sun exposure.
  • Drought tolerant.
  • Able to ensure well-drained soil as a result of drainage holes.
  • Stylish and can fit into any design scheme.
  • Lightweight so they can be brought indoors when temperatures drop, or be moved into areas of partial shade.

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5 Ideas For Great Container Plants Around A Pool

Your Own Tropical Oasis

There's no better way to live it up with a swimming pool than by creating your very own tropical oasis to go along with it.

It's possible to create a lush, tropical ambiance around the pool area by using large fiberglass planters like the Darwin Tall Rectangular Planter filled with vibrant palm trees.

Choose varieties like Areca palms, Bamboo palms, or Ponytail palms for their graceful foliage and ability to withstand outdoor conditions. These tall and dramatic plants will evoke a resort-like feel, transforming the pool area into a tropical oasis that will have guests loving every second of their holiday.

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A Colorful Display Of Flowers

Moving on, how about adding a pop of color and fragrance to your pool area with flowering plants in fiberglass planters?

This is where form meets function, as, not only will you and your guests be able to lounge in a beautiful outdoor space, the charming smell of flowers will lull you into an even more relaxed state of mind!

How about annuals like Geraniums, Petunias, or Marigolds? Not only are these flowers visually appealing, but they also attract butterflies and hummingbirds which will further serve to enhance the overall beauty and charm of the pool area.

Pair the flowers with a planter like this Darwin Tall Corner Planter and you're good to go.

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Privacy Screens!

There's nothing worse than spending time and money creating a tranquil swimming pool area only to then realize there's little in the form of privacy.

Whether you're a home or hotel owner, privacy for a pool area is essential for guests to really relax, and as such, let's see how you can use plants as privacy screens.

To begin, pick out a few tall, rectangular fiberglass planters. The Hollywood Rectangular Planter is a great option. Once you got the planter, you can then pot a few fast-growing shrubs like the Japanese Boxwood or Sky Pencil Holly. The dense foliage of these shrubs will act as the perfect privacy screen, setting up a natural barrier without taking up too much space.

There you have it, now you and your guests can really enjoy your pool in peace!

Ornamental Grasses For Texture

Moving on, how about incorporating ornamental grasses in fiberglass planters to add texture and movement to the poolside landscape?

Maiden Grass, Fountain Grass, or Switchgrass are great plants for this and should be potted in large containers for the best results. After potting, admire their gracefully arching foliage which sways sleepily in the breeze. Nothing more will create a soothing and calming effect around the pool area.

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Citrus Trees For A Bit Of Zest

Last but not least, how about introducing a touch of Mediterranean charm to your poolside? Potted citrus trees in fiberglass planters are a great way to do this.

Just imagine, lemon trees, orange trees, or lime trees that not only offer fresh fragrance but also provide shade and visual interest to a pool. On top of that, you can actually harvest the fruit once it's grown and use it as an ingredient in various dishes or drinks!

This is where container gardening reaches its peak and you really begin to realize the fruits of your labor.

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