The Q&A Archives: Building a pool in Northeast Alabama, need pool plants suggestions

Question: Thinking of sago palms, cannas, aeoniums, sanseveiria, lilyturf for edging, perennial hibiscus, bananas,gingers,crotons,agave. What palms would you suggest, can their roots be aproblem near the pool


Answer: Deja Vu! 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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