Planting around a pool can present a number of challenges. Growers must consider such factors as the plants' possible exposure to chemically treated water and several hours of harsh sunlight that is reflected from the water. Additionally, extensive root growth and insects can also present problems. Despite these important considerations, several types of shrubs will thrive when planted near a pool and contribute to a lush, relaxing atmosphere.
Holly plants are a well-known sight around the holidays but can make an excellent choice around a swimming pool. Its evergreen nature will assure color and foliage year-round and it has a generally hardy nature that may help it deal with growing near chemically enhanced water. All holly varieties prefer full sun or partial shade, making them an ideal selection for areas near the pool. Growers can select from a number of sizes, some as small as 18 inches, while others grow to more than 50 feet. General care and maintenance are fairly simple as the bush requires little pruning. It should be planted in an area with nutrient-rich soil that provides good drainage. To avoid cleanup, cultivate a male holly; it doesn't produce the red berries identified with these plants.
Azaleas can be grown in just about any part of the country and are one of the most popular selections for lawns and gardens. It has deep green foliage and vibrant flowers, which can add texture and color to the pool are. Once the shrub has been established, it is extremely hardy, although will struggle in cold temperatures. It requires very little upkeep to remain healthy and will excel in soil that is slightly acidic. The flowers will open in a number of shades; most common are white, yellow, orange and pink. The azalea can grow to be anywhere from 1 to 15 feet tall and prefers some shade to do well.
Hydrangeas are another common site in gardening and landscaping. They are extremely easy to propagate and will produce large numbers of flowers fairly quickly. These flowers, which come in a number of shades, are noted for the fact that their color often can be influenced by the pH of the soil. The shrub will grow well in full sun or partial shade and prefers nutrient-rich soil that is watered regularly. It can be used as filler in shady areas or to add color next to the pool and, once it has become established, will thrive with little help from the grower.
Sage plants are perennial shrubs that produce sweet-smelling leaves and flowers. In particular, Texas sage shrubs are desert landscaping favorites and will do well next to a pool. Most types will thrive in full sun. Growers should provide well-drained soil and moderate amounts of water, depending on the variety. Some require little water and do well in drought conditions. Most types of sage will grow to be between four and five feet tall, though pineapple sage may be as small as two feet, while green cloud sage can reach from 8 to 10 feet if left untrimmed.