Planting the right plants beside your pool can make a dramatic impact on the entire outdoor space.
Plants can help enhance the aesthetics of your pool area as well as provide shade, privacy and soften the surrounding hard surfacing.
Expert advice: top plants to use poolside
We speak with Paul Takchi of Exotic Nurseries to find out what are the top 5 plants he commonly supplies for poolside gardens. While every garden has it’s individual needs, these five varieties are great options for those looking to green up their pool area.
Bambusa textilis ‘Gracilis’ – Slender Weaver Bamboo
“Bambusa textilis ‘Gracilis’ is an ideal plant for those narrow garden areas around the pool”, says Paul. The bamboo is hardy and the lush green foliage makes it a great choice for those who need a little privacy from their neighbours.
Syzygium paniculata ‘Backyard Bliss’
If you’re looking for the perfect green backdrop to your pool area, Paul recommends Syzygium paniculata ‘Backyard Bliss’. “It’s a great option if you’re looking to create a dense formal or informal hedge”, says Paul. “It’s a plant variety that will work well in creating a neat poolside garden”.
Heliconia bihai x Caribaea ‘Hot Rio Nights’
Wanting to achieve that tropical feel? “The big-leafed lush foliage, tight clumping upright growth, and impressive bright red flowers of the Hot Rio Nights will work well in a tropical style garden”, says Paul. It’s also a fast-growing plant, so great for an instant screening effect.
“This is a tough, never fail foliage plant”, says Paul. With its glossy and lush evergreen foliage, Philodendron ‘Xandadu’ is ideal for underplanting recommends Paul. This variety also works well when displayed en masse in pots.
Plumeria acutifolia – The Frangipani
“Poolside the frangipani helps create that summer vibe”, says Paul. “And it’s a great specimen tree, which blends in nicely with many garden styles.” Boasting of pretty five-petalled flowers, the frangipani will also add a lovely fragrance to your garden.