What can I plant for a quick, non-invasive pool screen? - Knowledgebase Question

Ponte Vedra, Fl
Question by edith_russo
February 11, 2010
I am from the Northern VA/MD area recently retired to Ponte Vedra. Your season seems to start 4 months earlier than I am used to. What would you recommend for a screen on one side of our pool. It needs to not grow too wide, have too many spreading roots as the space is next to the septic tank drainage field. I don't want growth down on the ground for critters to hide in. How about crepe myrtl

Answer from NGA
February 11, 2010


There are a few shrubs you might consider growing. Nandina (heavenly bamboo) is not a bamboo at all but the stems resemble canes and the foliage is similar. It is evergreen, can be trimmed to maintain a tall, narrow growth habit, and is reasonably litter-free. Rhamnus frangula Fine Line is a lovely deciduous shrub that only gets 2 ft. wide and 6 ft tall. Berberis thunbergii 'Helmond's Pillar' works as a narrow deciduous shrub, as well. As you visit nurseries and garden centers this spring you may find other potential candidates for your pool area. Best wishes with your landscape.

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