Plant a Poolside Garden – Make A Splash

Lynn Coulter
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Create the Perfect Poolscape

A swimming pool can be a jewel-like centerpiece for your backyard, so why not let it inspire your landscape? Plan ahead, and you can create a poolscape that offers beauty, safety, and privacy for your home.

If you live where the winters are warm and mild, you can grow tropical plants for a lush, exotic feel. In colder regions, use colorful annuals in hanging baskets, planters, and garden beds. Petunias, lantanas, and geraniums are easy to grow and maintain.

Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

Time to complete: Variable

Materials:

Step 1.  Analyze the site

Landscaping around a pool requires thoughtful planning. Take a good look at your pool and backyard. What’s your vision for this area? What do you like or dislike about the space? Do you want a tropical atmosphere, or do you prefer a natural setting? Jot down your ideas and draw a rough sketch to guide you.

Step 2. Choose appropriate plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees

Once you’ve mapped out the look and feel of your poolscape, it’s time to start planting. Add easy-to-grow container plants for quick, seasonal color. Consider trees, hedges, and shrubs to create an attractive privacy screen. Many low maintenance plants can tolerate the summer heat around your new pool. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

• Ornamental Grasses (i.e., Ornamental Blue Fescues, Horsetails, Japanese Blood Grass)
• Begonias
• Coleus
• Carolina Jasmine
• Viburnums
• Gardenias
• Camellias
• Succulents
• Tropical Plants (i.e., Hibiscus, Bromeliads, Canna Lilies, Birds of Paradise)

Step 3.  Enclose the pool with a fence for safety

A fence not only provides additional privacy, but also ensures safety (particularly if small children are present). In fact, some states in the U.S. require a fenced-in pool. With so many fencing styles to choose from at The Home Depot, you’ll find one to complement the overall look of your poolscape.

Step 4.  Add the finishing touches

A poolscape can be as simple or as detailed as you wish – it’s your garden oasis. Other things to consider include decking and paving materials, waterfalls and fountains, poolside lighting, comfortable furniture, and a spa or hot tub, to name a few. If you’re unsure how to best complete your poolscape, ask an expert at The Home Depot.

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