The Q&A Archives: Pool Landscape

Question: What low maintence plants can I put beside a pool waterfall in planters? The pool is screened.

Answer: Most plants will tolerate occasional splashes of properly maintained pool water. Heavily chlorinated water will take its toll, though, and over time it can raise the soil's salt content. To ensure plant health, periodically flood or flush the soil with tap water to help avoid salt buildup.

Put plants in fast-draining soil, and water heavily to leach away salts. Raise plants slightly from ground level so the pool water can drain away from the rootballs.

You can grow Baccharis 'Centennial'; dwarf fruitless olive 'Little Ollie'; Dymondia margaretae; Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea); Korean grass (Zoysia tenuifolia); Scaevola; Artemisia 'Powis Castle'; Coreopsis; Gaillardia; Jerusalem sage (Phlomis); Santolina.

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