Plants For Pools

Swimming pools look so much better surrounded by plants. Planting around a pool can provide much needed shade and wind protection, privacy and an aesthetic balance to what might otherwise be a harsh landscape feature. The problem is that some plants simply don’t go with pools. hey drop leaves, they get damaged by the water, or they just don’t look appropriate in a poolside setting.


Poolside Plant Problems

You can’t avoid splashing around a pool so any nearby plants will probably be exposed to the effects of pool chemicals. How these affect plants will depend upon the type of chemicals you use. All plants require a small amount of chlorine to grow, but too much chlorine in the water will cause the death of many plants. As a general rule, plants with thick leaves are more likely to be resistant to chemicals. Salt water from pools will poison plants that are susceptible to salt. You can overcome this problem with coastal plants that are salt tolerant.


Salt Tolerant Plants include:

  • Acacia longifolia var. sophorae
  • Banksia integrifolia
  • Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Chinese Hibiscus)
  • Leptospermum laevigatum
  • Agapanthus spp.
  • Philodendron spp.
  • Scaevola calendulacea
  • Carpobrotus chilensis (Pig faces)
  • Hibbertia scandens (Snake Vine)
  • Lippia canescens repens
  • Melaleuca armillaris
  • Morea vegata (Iris)
  • Westringia fruticose
  • Phoenix dactylifera (Date Palm)
  • Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
  • Vitis spp. (Grape)
  • Olea europaea (Olive)
  • Ophiopogon jaburan (Lily Turf)
  • Bougainvillea spectabilis
  • Callistemon viminalis (Bottlebrush)
  • Dracaena indivisa

Plants can cause a number of problems for pool owners. They can drop leaves and other debris, they can give unwanted shade and they can even damage the walls of the pool. Plants with vigorous root systems should not be planted near the pool. As their root systems expand they can cause considerable structural damage, both to the pool walls.


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