Sep 07, 2008 10:55 am
I did a search and didn't find much (though it was a quick search). Need some advice (Fu manchu ) on what plants to put near our pool
We have a pool out the front, salt water. It has a small garden bed along the brick wall. At the moment there is a bird of paradise thats doing well and some small shrubby things that are still green, surprisingly.
We used to have roses in between the shrubs, but since the OH got sick of cleaning petals out of the pool, they were removed.
I tried Kangaroo paw, they died
Just wondering what i can put in there, that doesn't require a lot of water (it's not on retic and i forget to water it) and isn't going to drop heaps of debris. I'm probably asking alot here
Re: What plants for near a pool2
Sep 08, 2008 6:30 pm
Is it reinforced concrete or fibreglass?
yes it does make a difference
Also how much space do you have?
Are we talking 50cm wide beds or 2 meters to the fence?
Is it sunny?
What access do you have into this area?
What direction does it face? By that I mean does it face west or south west etc.
Are you located on the coastal plain or in the hills or perhapes Gosnells or swan valley, it also makes a difference
Re: What plants for near a pool4
Sep 08, 2008 8:12 pm
It's important to take these things into consideration.
The areas mentioned each have different soil types and will help determine what you can grow and what you may need to do to improve the soil. Coastal will most likely be limestone caprock or just sand dune sand ie Scarbrough or Marmion or Mullaloo, rocko etc.
The aspect will matter because that will tell me if it gets the hot summer easterlies or if it is subject to the daily 25 knot seabreezes in summer as well as 55 knot storms in winter.
Narrow beds will mean different choices again for the area.
does that help
Re: What plants for near a pool5
Sep 08, 2008 10:30 pm
ok here we go
We are at the bottom of kalamunda.
Garden bed is only 80cm wide. Its 2.5m long but there is other shrubs in there
The garden bed is right next to the wall. The pool is 1.2m from the garden bed
Good access to this area
I can tell you that it doesn't get afternoon sun.
Pool is fibreglass.
I think that is North, the way i put it on the pic. But i am seriously bad with directions
And yes it gets very blowy where i am. Feels like a cyclone sometimes!
i think i answered them all
Re: What plants for near a pool6
Sep 09, 2008 12:54 am
well 80cm isn't much space for a start
Agave' and yucca will look great small but agave' will engulf that area as they grow
Yucca no good near the fibreglass pool. Reinforced concrete is cool.
So ideas are purple fountain grass ( a fav of mine) that will grow and fast, the flowers won't be enough of a hassel to worry about.
Dianella varities would be worth a go.
Cotton wood hibiscus as well (won't hassle the pool) just will drop big leaves for a month or so as the season cools after summer (doesn't lose all leaves )
Vibernum Tinus would work well but at late winter lots of flowers for a week or two (when the flowers stop and start to drop) but you wouldn't be swimming in it anyway then unless you are exceptionally keen on swimming
Cordyline red sensation combined with Leucaphyta brownii (cushion bush) would look really good. red and silver foliage would look fantastic.
The osteos we were talking about in that other thread would be good to. They will be flowering but they are not messy. Lush and green for summer and bright colour when it is cold and the pool isn't in use.
If you are out that way, pop into Zanthorea nursery for some other ideas They really know their stuff there Nice place for a cuppa too while you are there
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Re: What plants for near a pool7
Sep 09, 2008 8:38 am
wow thanks fu lots of plants to go google now.
your right about not swimming in it. I only go in the pool in december january and february. it has to be at least 35 degrees for me to get in!!
I might go out to that nursery this weekend
Thanks Fu much appreciated
Re: What plants for near a pool8
Sep 09, 2008 11:11 am
Philotheca and erimophila varieties to will be good as well.
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