Monday, December 23, 2013
Having a pool right in your own home is a great luxury, especially in the summer months when a cool dip in the pool is simply irresistible. However, one drawback of having your own personal pool is the amount of time spent on cleaning and maintaining it. And some aspects of the cleaning process are further lengthened and made complicated by plant and tree leaves that fall into the pool waters.
Avoid this inconvenience by choosing hardy plants that can withstand weather conditions and are also low-maintenance. Here are some considerations when choosing surrounding plants for your poolside.
It is best to choose low-litter plants that drop few leaves, flowers and seedpods. Plant litter on pool waters will have to be regularly skimmed and taken out of the water.
You may also end up not using your pool as often, with all the litter on the water. If this litter isn't taken out immediately, it may clog pool drains and filters, creating bigger problems for you.
Philippine summers can be intensely warm, even for your plants. Make sure you choose plants that can withstand extreme heat conditions, as the heat in pool areas is made worse with glare and reflection. Desert-adapted plants can weather the worst conditions and will not be as susceptible to pests and diseases.
Equipment and decking around pools can be sensitive to heavy irrigation. It is best to opt for plants that only need limited watering, to avoid unnecessary damage to your expensive pool equipment.
Succulents such as agave and yucca trees are low-water-use and heat-tolerant plants, making them perfect for poolside landscaping. Their interesting, almost architectural shapes also add decorative props to your poolside landscape.
You may also want to infuse your poolside area with sweet nature fragrances to complete your relaxing pool retreat. Try rosemary, scented geranium, Mexican bush oregano and creosote bush.