The Q&A Archives: Plants around swimming pool zone 9

Question: We have 2 mounds built around our swimming pool. The pool pump is just behind one mound and is semi-camoflauged by a wooden slat fence built immediately around it. We have Australian willows on the mounds along with several salvia gregii and red hot pokers. These mounds get direct sun all year long. What plants would provide a lush landscape and thrive in Zone 9? Thank you very much.

Answer: Sounds as though you have a good start - Lantana, Viburnum davidii, Fatsia japonica (Japanese Aralia), Junipers and Pittosporum tobira are all good choices for dense hedging or shrubs, and flower choices include Lily of the Nile, Alstroemeria, Colocasia (Elephant's Ear), Coreopsis, Gazania, Daylily, Limonium, and Gaillardia. With these suggestions in mind, you should be able to put together a functional and attractive poolside landscape.

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