The Q&A Archives: plants around a swimming pool

Question: Do you have suggestions on what types of plants to plant around a swimming pool that don't attract bees and do not have invasive roots?

Answer: Nearly any flower will attract bees, so foliage plants might be the safest route as would plants that flower early before swimming season starts. You might consider flowering shrubs such as forsythia, lilac, spirea and viburnum or evergreens such as junipers, arborvitae, or mugo pines. For colorful foliage there are any number of dwarf conifers as well as some flowering shrubs with colorful leaves such as the variegated twig dogwood and the purple leafed plum. You could also consider the ornamental grasses as well as early spring bulbs. Good luck with your project!

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