The impact that your poolside plantings make is remarkable. A deliberate, well-thought out design makes the space appear cohesive and adds to an enjoyable poolside atmosphere. For an intentional, glamorous, and enjoyable space that you can be proud of, carefully consider a few important points on Orange County, NY poolside plantings.
Ideal Plant Characteristics
Different plant characteristics are appropriate for various situations. For a poolside setting, hardy plants are essential. During the summer, the heat and water will create a humid micro-climate within the immediate space, requiring durable plantings. In addition, pool cleaning and maintenance chemicals may be splashed on the plants, so weaker plantings will die quickly. Even further, to keep maintenance activity as infrequent as possible, choose plants that won’t deposit leaves, seeds, and other debris into the pool. Should you decide that some trees would be appropriate for shade, avoid those with widespread root systems as these can disrupt the structure of the pool over time.
Winter Sensitive Plants
Homeowners in the NY area may have a difficult time keeping plantings alive during the winter. To incorporate beautiful, but cold vulnerable plants in your poolside design, consider container planting. This will allow your poolside space to feel like a tropical area during the summer, and you can roll your plants inside for storage during winter months. While the transition during the weather change can be a chore, the variable shade and appropriate aesthetic make it worth it.
Other plants that belong in your poolside planting design include those that highlight movement. Swaying in the wind, plants like ornamental grass, zebra grass, and papyrus serve as a backdrop for your landscape plan without fading from view. This type of plant enhances the tropical aesthetic and requires little maintenance. On its own, this plant offers a singular, texture with a vertical emphasis, so be sure to include more textures and colors to add depth and a sense of intention to the poolside planting design.
Background Greenery Highlights Color
To add more texture to the background plantings, choose greenery with some brightness that also serves to highlight colorful flower inclusions. Plants like the Golden Euonymus, and even Elephant Ears will make the color of your other plants sparkle while adding texture to the background choices, all while increasing the privacy offered by your choice of poolside plantings.
Maintenance Free Color
Lovers of perennial plants are often drawn to perennials for two reasons: the color and the convenience. These plantings require remarkably little work while offering stunning beauty. Include these in your poolside planting beds, and you’ll find that when they pop up amidst your greenery and background grass, the effect is extraordinary. Best of all, they’ll return year after year with little landscaping intervention required.
Unique and High-Profile Color
To take the depth, color, and texture of your planting design even further, choose high-profile and uniquely flowered plantings. Examples of such flowers include Martha Washingtons and Hibiscus. With striking colors and unique petal designs, your landscape will be complete once you choose this final, detailed touch.