Make your pool­side an oasis of lush green­ery and eye-0opping color. Con­tainer gar­dens are the quick­est and eas­i­est way to soften the hard lines around your pool.  Group­ing con­tain­ers together in promi­nent loca­tions around the pool, vary­ing the heights and tex­tures of the plants helps to meld your green space and pool area.  Pools also lend them­selves well to struc­tures such as per­go­las and gaze­bos, which are great areas for pool­side gardens.

When choos­ing your plant­i­ngs you want to keep in mind sev­eral factors:

Orna­men­tal grasses add drama while shrub­bery or climb­ing plants lend soft­ness to struc­tures.  If low main­te­nance is your style, native plant­i­ngs and nat­ural mate­ri­als mean upkeep is easy while blend­ing with the nat­ural sur­round­ing landscape.

Don’t attract the bees–definitely not a wel­come pool guest.  Dwarf ever­green shrubs are a great alter­na­tive and come in a wide vari­ety of col­ors and hues.  And don’t rule out all flowering/blooming plants. Some, such as those with red flow­ers and either long or double-ruffled blos­soms aren’t attrac­tive to bees. How­ever, if they are very fra­grant the bees may find them any­way.  Before you pur­chase a bloom­ing plant make sure it is not a bee favorite or to be super-safe, just stick with grasses and shrubbery.

Curi­ous about plants that work the best in our short Pacific North­west swim­ming sea­son? Give us a call.

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