The Q&A Archives: I am building a lagoon pool in North East Alabama. I would like landscaping ideas

Question: I am planning a tropical theme. Iam considering Cannas, Tropical perennial hibiscus, bananas, hardy palms, gingers, . Iam considering Lilyturf for the borders. What succulents should I use ? I plan to have a few container plants. Is tehre a problem with planting palms near pools, because of tehir roots ? I plan to have some sago palms, possibly in containers, but I was also looking at bigger palms

Answer: True tropical species will not overwinter in Alabama, but lots of plants most people assume to be winter-hardy only in Florida actually do quite well in our state as well ? think hardy citrus, ornamental bananas, and numerous cold-hardy palms, as well as crape myrtles, magnolias and other mainstays of the Deep South landscape. With that said, I'd use banana tree plants, a catalpa tree if the space is large or a crape myrtle if the space is small, beautyberry bushes, Eastern redbud, aloe and rainlily, plus low growing succulents of all kinds. I'd keep the palms away from the water source by at least 10 feet. There are lots of resource materials for plants that grow well in your region - just contact your local cooperative extension office for copies. From these you can choose the plants that will mature to the correct sizes and provide 4 season color or interest around your pond. Enjoy your project!

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