Choosing the pool that's right for you.

Pool with Plants
Plants and Your Pool

Pools can seem like a huge challenge for backyard landscaping. However, with the right plants around your pool, maintaining your yard and pool can go hand in hand. By following a few guidelines about choosing poolside plants, your backyard will look gorgeous year-round.

Choose plants that will thrive in your region. Some plants may be tempting because they’re beautiful or exotic, but it’ll be a waste of your time and money if you plant foliage that can’t withstand the weather where you live.

  • This USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is a valuable resource for people looking to plant around their pool.
  • Search for your region on the map, then find out which plants work best in your zone and are more likely to tolerate both summer and winter, which will save you money in the long run.

Avoid plants that shed excessively. Most plants will shed at some point, but picking those with minimal shedding will mean less time spent cleaning debris out of the pool.

  • Plants with flowers or fruits are beautiful, but these will often end up in your pool.
  • Evergreens make a durable and practical option for poolside design.
  • Small perennials can make your yard more attractive while saving you time and money.

Keep plants a good distance from your pool. Keeping foliage at least 10 feet from your pool will help to cut down on debris in the water and keep your plants healthy. Saltwater pools in particular can be damaging to plants, and some cities have even banned the installation of saltwater pools due to the potential environmental effects. Make sure to do your research!

  • Container plants are less susceptible to saltwater damage because they are elevated. Plus, they’re easy to redesign and rearrange.
  • Succulents are great for backyards even with saltwater pools. They’re tolerant to both salt and chlorine, and can handle high levels of sunlight.
  • Remember to plant large trees at least 30 feet away from your pool so that their roots won’t interfere with the pool structure.