Beautiful pools are nearly always accompanied by beautiful plants and landscape design. If you want more than just a hole filled with water in your yard, you’ll need to put some time and thought into the plants that will surround your new pool. Landscaping in Arizona can be a delightful process due to the wide variety of plants that can’t survive in other climates, but there are also some points you should keep in mind before you start shopping. Follow these Do’s and Dont’s for a beautiful, low-maintenance poolside landscape.
● Don’t purchase messy plants.
Plants that shed leaves, flowers, and fruit or nuts throughout the season will make for a very messy pool that has to be cleaned frequently. Look for evergreen plants or those that can be easily trimmed to keep the pool free of debris.
● Do look for low maintenance plants.
Opt for plants that won’t need excessive pruning or large amounts of water. Pruning can leave you with a big mess as the clippings find their way into the water, and too much irrigation can cause problems for your deck and other pool surfaces, especially if they’re made of wood.
● Don’t buy plants with massive root systems.
Large trees with extensive root systems can damage the structure of your pool. Avoid trees such as oaks and elms and opt instead for palm trees or smaller shrubs.
● Do choose native plants.
Plants native to Arizona will be more likely to do well in the demanding climate. Buy from your local nursery as opposed to an online catalog, since local providers will usually carry just the plants that will do well in your area.
● Don’t attract bees to your pool party.
Plants with brightly colored, aromatic flowers will be magnets for bees. And while that’s great for other parts of the yard, you won’t appreciate constantly swatting away bees while you’re enjoying the pool.
● Do choose heat tolerant plants.
While plants native to Arizona will naturally be more adapted to the heat than some other species, you should look for those plants especially tolerant of heat and sun. Your pool water and deck surfaces will be reflecting a lot of light, creating hotter, brighter conditions than other areas of your yard.
With these tips in mind, you can choose a wide variety of plants that include palms, flowering shrubs, cacti, succulents, and annuals, all of which will make beautiful accent plants around your pool.