Planting Around the Pool: Three Foolproof Poolside Landscaping Ideas

Poolside landscaping seems like a task for the professionals. Don’t get us wrong if you have a landscaper that can create a poolside paradise and you don’t mind spending the dough, go for it!

But maybe you’re in a situation where you’re struggling to keep up with basic pool maintenance, so hiring someone to spruce up your pool just doesn’t fit the bill.

In that case, our landscaping experts are here to help you with three foolproof poolside landscaping ideas:

1. Not so green garden

So, you have a low budget and no green thumb? No problem, there is a low-cost solution for you and your pool! Making your own rock garden around a pool is easy and the finished product looks clean and luxurious.

Gather a few bags of river rocks (the pretty, medium-sized, smooth ones) from any home improvement store along with a couple of hearty cacti-like plants. Create an accent border of river rocks around a portion of your pool by clearing a dirt bed, scattering in some dessert cacti and fill the rest of the bed in with rocks!

2. Long grass oasis

Want to balance out that new rock garden with something lush? Or maybe, you want to add a pretty privacy wall that makes your pool feel like a getaway.

Ornamental grass borders are a great way to accomplish a green need and that privacy problem. Natural, resilient, low cost and eye-catching; plant a few Zebra grass bunches next to each other to form a wall around your pool or fence line and watch as the grass grows taller and the relaxation factor set in.

3. Add those accent plants

Surround your pool with lush green plants to give it that paradise feel. Tropical landscaping is many homeowners' ideal for a private backyard retreat. If the climate permits, a pool area can appear more tropical with the addition of tropical plants like palms, bird of paradise, ginger, or other exotics. Don’t forget to consider things like:

  • Ease of maintenance
  • Existing landscaping
  • Cost
  • Color and texture
  • Balance

With any of these sprucing-up methods, you want to be sure you haven’t started a project you can’t finish or keep up with in the long run.

If you know you don’t do well with plants or don’t have the time to keep them up, choose the rock garden. If you need something low-maintenance with a little more green, tall grass is for you, and for all you green thumbs out there; knock it out of the park with your tropical pool paradise – just know they still require your care and attention!

At the end of the day, choose the poolside plants that make you feel the most relaxed, and if you end up selling your home you'll be one step ahead in the pool staging tips we recommend for selling your home faster!