Outdoor Pool Landscaping
Coming up with ideas for outdoor pool landscaping will require a little thought as there are many
considerations in plant choices. Whether your pool is above ground or in the ground will make a
difference in the types of plants you choose and the possibility of their exposure to chemically treated water
will also help choosing the right outdoor pool landscaping easier. For in the ground pools, shrubs
and trees should avoided if planting in close proximity as the growing roots can cause problems later when they
begin to grow into the pool’s foundation.
Since most in the ground pools will be surrounded by a privacy and safety fence, plants can be chosen for the
perimeter as well as in any open areas inside the fence. For inside outdoor pool landscaping, plants should be
non-deciduous, meaning they won’t lose their leaves every year, which will often accumulate in the water. Even
evergreen shrubs run the risk of needles blowing in to the water during stormy weather and clogging the pool’s
All plants placed near the pool should be low blooming varieties and most often the simpler the better. Many
annual plants will wither and die if exposed to water from the pool, especially those pools treated with chlorine.
Keeping the outdoor pool landscaping simple for inside the fence is the best plan as they are also easier to care
for. Creeping plants can help cover any open ground around the pool, but you will have to keep it trimmed to
prevent it from taking over the entire area.
Protect Your Pool From External Forces
Outside the fence allows more flexibility in the choice of plants, but remember the more flowers and plants you
put in, the more work you will have to maintain them, detracting from the time available for using the pool. When
choosing outdoor pool landscaping for around the pool’s fence, the plants should not grow higher than the fence as
their leaves will end up on the water before the summer is over.
Small grouping of low flowers, with plenty of open space between them can add a neat look to your outdoor pool
landscaping and still provide a splash of color around the fence. An occasional shrub strategically placed around
the fence’s exterior can contribute to the apparent height of the fence but, again, should not be allowed to grow
over the fence.
Another consideration for outdoor pool landscaping is the type of flower that may attract flying pests. Many
flowers are attractive to honey bees and other flying insects that can interrupt your enjoyment of the pool.