I just love backyard swimming pools! There’s something so fun about having one of these in your backyard when it gets hot in the Summer! And if you ask me, the only thing more fun than playing in a swimming pool is landscaping around one! The right plants can make any backyard pool look like something in a resort. Here are my favorite plants to use near swimming pools.
Looking for hardy plants that add a little texture around the pool? Aloe is one of my favorite plants to use near swimming pools. I recommend planting things like agave, aloe, and yucca. All three of these plants are incredibly hardy and don’t require much water or other care. Not only that, but they LOVE the heat and can easily tolerate rays that radiate off of the cement. They can tolerate full sun, too, so you won’t have to find somewhere shady to house them. Plus, you can harvest the sap from Aloe and Agave plants as soon as they are large enough.
Also known as a Barrel Cactus, the Echinocactus also provides a unique look for the areas around your pool with its large shape. Like the other plants on the list, these cacti are extremely hardy and can tolerate drought-like moisture levels. However, gardeners should be warned that the spines on this cactus can be dangerous to any passerby. Make sure you tuck this unique plant out of the way so those walking by aren’t stabbed.
And of course, what is a backyard swimming pool without some kind of palm? The fan palm doesn’t shed too many leaves so it is extremely easy to keep looking beautiful. Fan Palms need plenty of humidity to continue looking green and gorgeous, so a place next to the pool is ideal. However, the fan palm is only hardy throughout the winter if temperatures in your area do not reach below fifty degrees.
Another great drought-resistant plant, the turpentine bush is known for its long blooming season. In fact, this plant can bloom well into the fall months so your pool will look landscaped throughout the end of the year. This plant also requires very little water (it grows naturally in areas like Arizona and New Mexico) and is great for Xeriscaping. Use this plant wherever you need a little light around your pool.
I like to plant a few bushes in containers around my pool. I think it really adds an extra element of appeal! Salvia is wonderful to grow because it attracts other pollinators to your garden, keeping your plants in bloom and beautiful all summer long. However, unlike some of the other plants on this list, Salvia likes moist, rich soil and afternoon shade. Planting them in containers will make it easier to provide those kinds of conditions.