When the swimming pool is finally built in the garden, when the beach and other surroundings are finalized, it only remains to give a soul to its bathing area by installing plants. Some are particularly suited to this type of environment. They require little care while others are rather to be avoided. No question of planting anything there because you risk seeing the water in your swimming pool get dirty very quickly. Here are some tips for greening the surroundings of your swimming pool and thus creating a magnified setting.
Greening the swimming area: the main principles
Indispensable for shade a lazy space by the pool, the plant elements have no equal because they also allow to create a most pleasant friendly place. So that the greening of the surroundings of a private basin presents only advantages, it is better to respect the following points.
- Plant the plants at a minimum distance of 150 cm from the pool, even 200 cm for bulky subjects,
- Select as few deciduous plants as possible so that when the leaves fall, you don’t spend all your time cleaning the pool,
- Cultivate preferences of undemanding plants in terms of care,
- Choose plants that can withstand frequent splashing ofchlorinated water,
- If possible, buy only subjects whose root system presents a weak development, which avoids exposing the pipes and foundations to unnecessary risks,
- Give preference to flowering plants, shrubs and trees that easily withstand difficult conditions such as hot weather or drought,
- Avoid honey plants so as not to be too bothered by bees, bumblebees, wasps and other insects during tanning sessions.
Another principle is to sketch the area around the pool in order to plan the location of each plant to obtain a good result. Through the Internet, we even have the possibility of carrying out 3d plans, which allows you to refine your project according to the plants chosen, to choose the location of each, to create harmonies, etc.
Finally, you have to think about selecting subjects that bloom at different times or whose foliage changes color over time to create a natural space not frozen in time.
Recommended plants around the pool
Generally, care is taken to install your swimming pool in the sunniest place in the garden. It is therefore quite logical to choose only plants and shrubs that withstand this type of exposure because these are difficult conditions, especially during summer. Plants must be able to endure the hot weather especially as the reverberation sunlight on the water can be a problem for many plants.
And even if it means opting for tough ones of all kinds, as long as they are able to withstand the drought as it risks intensifying in the years to come. However, we vegetate the surroundings of our swimming pool for the long term. Must therefore to anticipate so you don’t have to redo everything from one year to the next.
Thousands of plants are able to thrive without difficulty around a swimming pool, but it is still necessary to choose them according to the climate. In many of our regions, for example, you can vegetate the area around your swimming pool with:
Grasses which seem to play with the slightest breath of wind. Among these vaporous and very light ornamental herbs, we find: Angel hair (Stipa tenuissima), the blue fescue (Festuca glauca), Chinese Reed (Miscanthus) or Eulalie, the Grass of the Pampa (Cortaderia selloana) whose scope is sometimes impressive … They are all splendid at any time of summer, but when the frost covers them we witness a true magic.
Of flowering plants long flowering (5 to 6 months) such as Geranium, Pelargonium, Marigold, Fuschia, Petunia, Dipladenia.
The Cyclamen which blooms from the onset of autumn until the end of winter.
The bulbous to bring color in spring, including Crocus, Tulips, Daffodils, Daffodils …
The Kniphophia or Tritoma sometimes nicknamed Satan’s Tison, a decorative perennial that adorns itself with long orange spikes and goes beautifully with ornamental grasses.
TheHibiscus that we can direct on the stem, some varieties giving extraordinary flowers and a diameter of over 15 cm! It comes in several hundred species. You might as well choose from perennial Hibiscus so you don’t have to renew them every year.
The Roses of which there are hundreds of species and thousands of varieties: many of them bloom from May to the first frost so little that care is taken to remove the withered flowers. The roses support the summer heat without blinking. These are shrubs to choose from to enjoy their sweet scent in addition to their beauty.
The succulents, the delicious and the cacti : all these plants are indestructible and deserve a small place not far from the swimming pool.
The Heather which display many colors. Their foliage is always green and their flowers bloom in the fall.
The Palm trees that evoke holidays in certain distant lands can be planted around the swimming pool to create an exotic atmosphere.
The bamboo go well with palm trees and very quickly create a screen of greenery which protects the privacy of bathers but is also a good windbreak. We preferably choose the non-tracing cash easy-going so as not to be invaded in a few years, such as the Thamnocalamus, the Borinda where the Fargesia.
TheJapanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica) is an ornamental shrub. It is sometimes called Fig-leaf Palm, Fatsi or False Castor. It can reach an average of 4 meters in height. Its very large lobed leaves are the most beautiful effect.
The Oleander (Nerium oleander) comes in many colors (yellow, white, red, pink…). It starts from a splendid flowering from June until September and its deep green evergreen foliage is very brilliant. We can appreciate its hardiness which allows it to withstand -5 ° C, even down to -8 ° C, although it is an emblematic flowering shrub of the southern regions.
The Bougainvillea is extremely tempting because its summer flowering is spectacular. He needs a support to climb. In Mediterranean regions, it is grown in the ground, but it is better to leave it in a large patio pot if you live in an area where it freezes in winter because it will then be easier to place it under shelter. However, the Bougainvillea must be kept at a respectable distance from the swimming pool because once withered, its thousands of flowers risk ending up in the basin at the slightest gust of wind.
The Provence cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) or Common cypress, a conifer which we appreciate its conical shape particularly well suited to a swimming area.
Finally, do not hesitate to associate these plants with decorative graphic foliage plants for an enhancement of the surroundings of the swimming pool, pushed to its paroxysm as soon as night falls if we install lights judiciously. All these plants can be cultivated in the ground or pot. If we choose this second solution, we can suddenly opt for specific pottery that will bring style to the garden and the pool area.