Answer: Near a pool you may want to concentrate on plants that do not attract bees and do not drop too many leaves such as conifers (perhaps mugo pine, junipers) and ornamental grasses which would also provide a seaside feel. Or, you could use a variety of plants such as hostas and ferns on the shady side; purple coneflowers, ornamental grasses, mugo pines and blue/gray or gold tipped junipers on the hot and sunny south and west sides; and rhododendrons on the eastern side with morning sun. Vines you could consider might include Campsis radicans (requires a very strong support) with orange flowers in summer, or the Virginia creeper (will grow on any surface from siding to chain link) which is primarily grown for its foliage which turns bright red in the fall. An attractive easy groundcover would be Vinca minor or flowering periwinkle, it blooms with blue flowers in the spring and can be underplanted with daffodils. Your actual selections should be based on the growing conditions around the pool such as the soil type, the sun exposure, the amount of winter wind, the amount of space available for the plant to mature, and so on. Your local professional nursery staff may have additional or different suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the planting conditions and your overall design goals. Enjoy your pool!
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