The liner is in place, the hardscaping is complete. You’ve filled the pool and adjusted the chemicals and temperature to your liking. Everything is ready to go; time to grab your towel and head to your brand-new lounge chair…right?
Wait a second — now that your swimming pool construction is finished, it’s time to make it truly part of your landscape, and there’s no better way to do that than with some artful planting.
First, a few “what not to plant” thoughts: Stay away from anything that drops too many blooms, has thorns or attracts bees and other unwanted wildlife.
Beyond that, it’s really up to you. But we love easy-care plants with bright blooms and endlessly green foliage that allow you to step away from the garden gloves and pruning shears — and simply enjoy your swimming pool!
Here are a few of our favorite pool landscaping ideas for New York and Connecticut landscapes.
Pool landscaping idea #1: Attract welcome wildlife
Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’: This trouble-free plant grows very quickly and provides dark, glossy foliage with lovely pink trumpet-shaped flowers that hummingbirds love — all season long.
Buddleia (any variety): Butterfly bush is beautiful on its own, but true to its name, it will also attract tons of harmless fluttering friends to your poolside, from butterflies to hummingbirds.
Pool landscaping idea #2: Focus on foliage
Russian Sage Little Spire: This lavender alternative is a great cold-hardy perennial that requires very little care once it’s established. It provides beautiful light-purple blooms against a gray-green backdrop of foliage.
Andromeda: A beautiful shrub that will provide great coverage and green foliage year round. The evergreen leaves are deer resistant, and in the early spring, the plant produces beautiful sprays of bell-shaped blooms.
Pool landscaping idea #3: Get great color
Astilbe (any variety): This lovely, feathery plant is great if your pool is in a somewhat shady area. Depending on the variety you choose, the blooms may be pink, peach, red, violet or white, but the fernlike foliage is gorgeous even without flowers.
Hydrangea Penny Mac: This classic macrophylla hydrangea has gorgeous mophead blooms throughout the summer and is advertised as “perfect for the lazy gardener,” meaning you can enjoy the blooms from your raft, drink in hand!
Pool landscape idea #4: Think outside the box
Grasses: Fountain grasses and maiden grasses are two types of grasses that yield impressive growth. Fountain grass’s mounding habit creates a beautiful shape, and its feathery plumes create fluid movement in even the slightest breeze. And maiden grasses have a clumping habit and can grow to up to 8 feet tall when they bloom in the fall (the dead stalks even look great in the winter). The experts at Neave Pools are here to help.
Trees: Many different varieties of birch trees offer the perfect amount of filtered shade for a little relief from the sun on the warmest summer days.
Do these pool landscaping ideas inspire you to get planting? Get in touch with the landscape design professionals at Neave Group to start planning your plot of perfect poolside plantings. Don’t even have a pool? The swimming pool design, construction and maintenance professionals at Neave Pools can help you get set up with the watering hole you’ll need before you can really enjoy that poolside landscaping.
If you’re in Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.