Swimming pools take up a large space on a property and are a great feature piece to a beautiful garden.
Pool-friendly plants are a great addition, not only do they add some life to the backyard but they can also have the added benefit of providing an extra level of safety to the pool area. Your first consideration when looking for pool-friendly plants are ones that create minimal leaf litter – especially avoid ones that have thorns or seed pods. Some of the messier ones are gum trees, so make sure to plant them away from the pool. Instead elect for something like palm trees or large leaved shrubs. These plants also don’t produce pollen during spring, making them perfect all year round. You will also need to avoid plants with robust roots systems that can damage the exterior of the pool, plants such as bamboo and umbrella trees.
It’s important to remember that different plants are often suited to either saltwater based pools or chlorinated ones, not both. Chlorinated pools will need more robust plants like the ones mentioned above with large leaves. Plants such as aloe, cycads and bromeliads are best for saltwater.
All pools should be surrounded by fencing to prevent children and animals from entering the area without supervision. Lining the outside of the fence ensures another layer of obstacles between them and the pool. Having the plants on the outside of the fence will also help to minimise the amount of plant debris landing in the water.