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Plants for around a pool

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Plants for around a pool

Our budget for the pool isn't going to stretch far enough for landscaping, but we're going to have to get rid of a few trees and bushes when putting it in. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for plants that will cope OK with being near a pool? We're going for a salt-water pool and imagine the kids will splash plenty of water about. And of course we don't want anything that will drop too much waste into the pool.



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Re: Plants for around a pool

Good topic.


There are plenty of salt-tolerant plants, including many Australian natives that cope with coastal conditions. Consider a coastal banksia, dianella (flax lillies) or westringia (coastal rosemary). Some grevillea and fuchsia varieties might also suit. I also like agave and aloe plants, which can cope with anything. 


Make sure you steer well clear of bamboo - they often cause issues with plumbing and paving.

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Re: Plants for around a pool

Hydrangeas are pretty tough and low maintenance. I think these blue hydrangeas look fantastic. 





Valued Contributor

Re: Plants for around a pool

Succulents are a great option given their lack of falling leaves, etc. I don't know about their salt tolerance though. I've started popping some around my pool area but in places where they'll get little to no salt water splashing on them - so far, so good.

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