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Adding some plants around your pool area can provide privacy and shade, as well as make the space that much more attractive and inviting. However, not all plants are able to withstand a chlorine or saltwater environment, and some plants also don’t like the harsh micro-climate that the winds, bright sunlight and increased humidity can create.
This guide will give you some ideas of which chlorine tolerant plants for pool landscape to buy, helping you to save money and time and have the best possible plants for your pool environment.
Litter Free Plants
Try to avoid plants that shed twigs and leaves all year round, so you don’t spend hours sweeping up your pool area before using it. Silky oaks, Illawarra flame trees and jacarandas shed leaves and flowers through the summer, making it a challenge to use your pool. Some plants that won’t drop too many leaves include flax, cordylines and palm trees.
Avoid Plants with Extensive Roots
Umbrella trees, bamboo, deciduous trees and rubber trees might look good, but their extensive and sprawling roots can cause unseen damage below the ground with your underground pipes, paving and even the pool shell.
Watch For Pollen
Regular maintenance of your pool will make sure that pollen doesn’t cause too much damage to your filtration and cleaning equipment, although it’s impossible to keep all pollen out of the pool. Be sure to regularly clean or replace your baskets, cover your pool while you are away, and attach a fine material such as pantyhose or cheesecloth to your skimmer before cleaning pollen off your pool’s surface.
Pay Attention to New Plants
New plants will need extra care and attention before they are well established, including an initial deep water planting and during the dryer months, at least twice a month. Plenty of mulch around smaller seedlings and plants will help to protect them from the sun, although you should keep mulch away from the trunk so as to prevent rot. If plants are in direct sun for most of the day, a light shade cloth may be the solution.
Salt Water Swimming Pools
If you have a swimming pool containing salt water, make a point of planting some chlorine tolerant plants in and around your pool area, to ensure they will thrive. Plants that have waxy, furry or silvery leaves are generally ideal if you want plants near your saltwater pool; some good examples of these include cycads, yucca plants, aloe, agaves and bromeliads.
Other plants that don’t mind being splashed by salty water every so often include echiums, pig face, coastal banksia, dianella, agave attenuates, and palms, many of which can be seen in coastal areas.
Chlorinated Swimming Pools
Some plants can withstand being splashed by chlorinated water better than others, although no plant is truly 100 percent suited. Think of plants that have larger and leathery leaves, including golden cane palms, erigeron daisy, cordylines, murrayas and star jasmine.
The most ideal approach to ensure your pool is both lovely and green and a safe and low-maintenance area, is to check your plant selection with an expert landscape designer.
Let us know you’d like a chat with any of our local and qualified landscape designers to help with your pool plant configuration. We can advise and consult on your project, or help you start from scratch – just get in touch! Our team at Perth Landscaping would love to help with your pool plan!
Recently our Perth Landscaping team had the opportunity to showcase our small garden design ideas at a garden show here in Perth. Our landscape design for small gardens showcases how an effective design can make the most of your small space. As Perth’s population grows, urban infill is increasing. This means more townhouses and units which means smaller backyards and courtyards. A great small garden design can help ensure you create a place you’ll love – no matter how small your outdoor area.
Functional Small Gardens
Just because it’s a small space, it doesn’t have to be a plain and boring space. With some clever design, you can make your small backyard area both beautiful and functional for your Perth home.
Below are some images from our Perth garden show “Freo” design – continue to the end of this blog for more images. Designed for a small backyard, we included an edible garden, plenty of lush foliage for shade, and a planter box with a seat for easy gardening and providing a great place to relax. As you can see from the images, the combination of recycled pallet planter boxes and rich green foliage created a stunning garden, with privacy, functionality and a clear garden style. Perfect for your Fremantle home!
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Want help with your small garden design for your Perth home? Contact us today. We can assist with both the initial design and the landscaping of your garden for a complete, professional small garden design.