The Q&A Archives: Flower Shrubs/Trees around a pool

Question: We put a pool in our backyard last year. This area gets a lot of sun. We would like to plant something around the outside perimeter of the fence to add some color but also be used as privacy. The fence is a 4' high aluminum black picket style.

Can you suggest anything that might work well for our area and climate of North Charlotte, NC.

Thank you so much for your help.

Answer: Plants chosen to landscape swimming pool areas should meet two requirements. Branches, foliage, and flowers should be smooth (not bristly, prickly, sharp or thorny). And the plants should be as litter-free as possible, so as not to drop leaves, fruits, etc. in or around the pool. Shrub considerations include camellia, azalea, juniper, and Viburnum davidii. Hope the above suggestions help you provide the backbone for your landscaping project. You can fill in around the shrubs with perennials such as agapanthus, lavender, armeria, canna, coreopsis, Kniphofia uvaria and strelitzia if you'd like some splashes of color.

Enjoy your garden!

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