Ascot Pools are happy to present a guest post from Allysun Tilsley, an experienced home and garden writer for Beverley Outdoor Furniture.
Having a swimming pool in your garden seems a fantasy to many, but if you are lucky enough to have one, or are planning on having one installed then you need to ensure you make the most of it. Along with maintaining the upkeep of your swimming pool, there are some other things you can do to make it the best feature you possibly can. Here are some great ideas for shrubbery and flower choices around your swimming pool.
Shrubs are an essential component within any garden. Whether they’re evergreen or deciduous -they provide an ever changing framework and backdrop against which everything else is seen.
Evergreen shrubs provide colour and foliage all year round. Here are a few of my favourites to compliment a pool.
- Mahonia – a gorgeous shrub that flowers well from November to February
- Photinia Red Robin – all of these tree shrubs are perfect for spring flowering, especially around April and May.
These four shrubs will give you a great contrast in colour. You will also have shrubs flowering to perfection at different times of the year. This gives the perfect all-year round look to your garden and swimming pool.
If we think about any gorgeous looking garden, the flowers that are within it set the basis for its perfect summery, and homely, feel. If you are looking to add value to your home, a swimming pool may be a good improvement to make to your home and garden. Along with this, the look and upkeep of your garden increases the likeliness of selling your home. Keep in mind that swimming pool maintenance will keep your pool looking its best, all year round, whether you intend to sell your home or to create your personal haven.
The installation of plants around your pool softens the look; adds privacy and creates a soothing retreat or hideout. It is important when buying or adding plants around the pool that you try to select hardy plants. The environment around the pool can be very damaging to some plants. This is due to the fact that the water reflects off the hot sun and the chemicals or salt in the pool water can have a detrimental effect on them.
It is important to select plants that can not only tolerate the sun, but do not have roots that may also damage the pool, and will have a limited amount of debris. This reduces the chances of your water being contaminated. Although you want the surrounding area of your pool to look the part, you do not want to put your pools upkeep at risk either.
3 of the best hardy plants for around the pool
Evergreen Vines – a highly popular plant for swimming pool owners. One of its best points is that it will stay green all year long. It will also allow you to add privacy to your pool if you train them on trellises. English ivy is a hardy and attractive vine. Although plants such as Jasmine and Honeysuckle are beautiful and fragrant, they do attract bees, which will be a problem for people enjoying the pool in the summer months. If you were thinking about using Trumpet Vines, again they are beautiful and do attract butterflies, but it is important to mention that they cannot survive in growing areas with freezing temperatures.
Zinnias – if you need to add some colour around the pool, zinnias may be the perfect option. These vibrant coloured flowers come in a wide range of sizes and colours. They can withstand hot sun and poor soil. Two more advantages of zinnias’ are that they grow easily from seed and do not drop their leaves or flowers. You will have to remove spent blooms in order to encourage reblooming, but it also means you have the advantage of not having a continuous ‘tidy up job’ on your hands.
Crotons – crotons are a tropical foliage plant. Their colourful leaves display beautifully all year round. They also produce no mess or fruit in any season. The croton is one of the best flowers for contemplating hot temperatures; however, many varieties are frost sensitive and you may want to keep these flowers in containers to allow this plant to be moved indoors during the winter months.
Top Tip – When thinking of the shrubbery and flower choices around your swimming pool it is important to think about purchasing plants that will not just blossom in the summer months. Even if your pool will not be in use much during the winter, you still want it to look the part for when you have any guests round. Therefore, try to pick not only good looking plants but ones that can survive the dreaded English winter weather.
This great ‘shrubbery and flower choices around your swimming pool’ feature was provided by our friend Allysun Tilsley who writes for Beverley Outdoor Furniture.