Swimming Pool Gardening Guide!

When building your pool you have to keep in mind the new environment that it will create with increased humidity, increase in sunlight intensity from water reflection and the hardscape heat that will be bouncing off all of its surface area surrounding the pool. Of course the primary consideration is the chlorine exposure to plants, grasses, flowers and trees that you select to showcase the setting. 

 

When selecting plants and trees, you truly have to think it through well and pick ones that are very strong but also alluring in appearance and delightful. Below is our guide for selecting recommended trees, grasses, bushes and shrubs as well as flowers and plants!

Trees are so absolutely amazing and come in endless shapes, sizes, colors and all express something totally unique. With that said, it can be difficult to decide where to start when selecting trees for your garden around your pool!

 

It’s best to know the issues that many trees can bring to your pool area and use that as a means to weed out trees that will be more of a problem then a joy!

 

Trees that have tons of leaves dropping all the time is an obvious thing to be aware of. Fruit trees that have tons of seeds or drop lots of fruit can also be a huge problem and can stain the surface surrounding the pool and require a lot of upkeep. Some fruit trees do really great next to pools however, such as citrus trees! Lemon trees and orange trees do great and add a lot of color to the garden too.

Trees that have massive root systems can cause a ton of damage to the concrete, tile and other hardscape surfaces that you build! Don’t plant trees that have these kind of large root systems. Some obvious ones not to plant near pools are Willows, American Elm, Maple, Pear (pyrus), cottonwood, Magnolia etc. Magnolia’s are super beautiful and if the yard is ample in size then they can look very pretty like others stated. They just require a lot more space and can easily damage the foundation if not given a large amount of spacing.

Fantastic trees that we recommend to use next to your pool and spa!

 

  • acacia
  • banana
  • evergreens
  • citrus
  • palms
  • olive 
  • oleander
  • spruce

Classic shaped pools stem from a roman architectural heritage and evoke a graceful and refined atmosphere to a home and yard. They sit well with villas as well as Mediterranean homes! 

 

The fantastic thing about classic shaped pools is that you can add a great amount of color and charm to them by using custom colorful unique tiles to really set the pool off as a glistening jewel.

 

Entrances into Classic shaped pools can also be heightened by having pillars on either side of their entrance. Typically classic shaped pool entrances are in the center but can also be designed from other areas depending on their size. 

They are a refined and appreciated design that adds a refined elegance to their surrounds. 

Classic shaped pools stem from a roman architectural heritage and evoke a graceful and refined atmosphere to a home and yard. They sit well with villas as well as Mediterranean homes! 

 

The fantastic thing about classic shaped pools is that you can add a great amount of color and charm to them by using custom colorful unique tiles to really set the pool off as a glistening jewel.

 

 

Beautiful and hardy plants and flowers that look and do great next to your pool and spa!

  • queen
  • aeonium
  • agave
  • cactus 
  • plumeria
  • senecio
  • sempervivum
  • passion flower
  • jasmine
  • honeysuckle
  • trumpet vine
  • hibiscus

Tropicals:

  • hibiscus
  • bird of paradise
  • papyrus
 

Classic shaped pools stem from a roman architectural heritage and evoke a graceful and refined atmosphere to a home and yard. They sit well with villas as well as Mediterranean homes! 

 

The fantastic thing about classic shaped pools is that you can add a great amount of color and charm to them by using custom colorful unique tiles to really set the pool off as a glistening jewel.

 

Entrances into Classic shaped pools can also be heightened by having pillars on either side of their entrance. Typically classic shaped pool entrances are in the center but can also be designed from other areas depending on their size. 

They are a refined and appreciated design that adds a refined elegance to their surrounds. 

Some highly recommended palms to plant next to your pool and spa!

 

  • queen
  • mediterranean fan palm
  • sabal
  • pygmy date palm
  • mexican fan palm
  • sago

Adding certain features to your yard around your pool can really add to it’s appearance and natural setting and there are tons of great things available to pick from! From large natural rocks and boulders to roman columns, the options are quite vast actually. The main thing is that you don’t junk up the yard and make it comical in appearance! We will help you with the yard setting while the pool is being built so that it grows together organically as though it designs itself.

 

Since every yard, pool and spa are different, you will be selecting things that compliment the pool and spa not necessarily take away from it’s appearance. If you have a natural or oasis type pool, we will more then likely continue with that vibe and energy and select similar natural occurring elements that would be fitting in a similar oasis type setting. For modern and geometric pools, we may design a fountain that is sharp in appearance and flows nearly seamlessly into an area of the pool and can even create sophisticated lighting affects that turn water into moving crystal! 

 

We are not going for gnomes, though cute as they are, but more for a dotting of the i’s without looking like we are trying to hard!

Make sure you read about other amazing features you can add to your pool here! Waterwalls, shelfs, in pool bars, fire features and more!

Read our Steps to Building a Pool here! Complete guide on understanding the process, time it takes, little obstacles that come along the way and more so you can have a smooth pool building process!