Plants That Thrive Around a Pool

When you are looking for trees and plants to put around a pool, there are some things to consider. What are the best trees and plants to plant around a pool? You spent the money to put in a beautiful pool, and you want your plants to create an atmosphere of the luxurious tropics where you can relax and enjoy the summer. Make sure your pool landscaping creates the look of privacy and tropical vacations. There are many choices for poolside landscaping with trees and shrubbery that will survive in New Jersey.

To landscape a pool correctly, you will want to choose plants that add color to your poolside, add texture to the pool area, and create a sense of privacy for guests. These landscaping ideas for pool areas may give your pool the tropical and lush atmosphere you were looking for.

Tree Planting

What are the best trees to plant around a pool?

For tree planting around the pool, New Jersey appears to be way outside the planting zone for palm trees. However, there is a variation of a palm tree, the windmill palm, that can grow more than 15 feet high. Breeders in New Jersey have been cultivating the windmill palm, which is originally from China, to tolerate New Jersey’s cold winters. While a lot of people like having a live oak around a pool, they are not hardy in New Jersey. You may want to choose the red oak instead.


Shrubs around the pool add both interest and privacy, depending on the height of the shrub. Justicia plants are a variety of shrubs with blooming tubular flowers, and many of the varieties, such as Justicia americana, are hardy in New Jersey. Justicia plants add a bit of tropical color to the poolside. Many of the plants have red, yellow, pink or orange blossoms. Another shrub that can be used as a landscaping idea is the Golden Euonymus shrub, which is hardy to Temperate Zone 6. Golden Euonymus is known for its beautiful gold flowers and gold or green foliage. Finally, if you want to add a different color to the pool area, Dalea purpura’s purple flowers add both color and texture.


What are some plants around the pool ideas? There are many different types of perennials you can add to the landscape around your swimming pool. Different sizes of perennials can make your landscaping interesting. For flowering perennials, blackfoot daisies, midnight blue agapanthus, and calla lilies offer a variety of colors and shapes. In addition, ornamental grasses can add texture to your pool’s landscaping. Muhly grasses also come in a variety of colors and most species are hardy throughout New Jersey. Deer grass is also hardy in all temperate zones of New Jersey.

Groundcovers may also be necessary to landscape your swimming pools. The groundcovers listed below are all hardy to New Jersey. All require full sun, which is perfect for a pool.

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) has round light-green leaves with yellow-green flowers.
Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) has dark green leaves with brightly colored orange flowers. Butterflies love these plants, which would make a nice addition to the scenery in the pool area.

Blue wood sedge (Carex flaccosperma) is known more as a blue-green grass-like plant, although some varieties flower.

Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) has lime-green foliage with blue flowers.

Other Tips for Pool Landscaping

The plants offered here are suggestions. You may decide you want something different, and there are many plants that would make excellent additions to your poolside. However, there are some things you should keep in mind when choosing plants to landscape your swimming pool area:

• If you don’t want to attract butterflies or bees, don’t buy plants that attract pollinators.
• If children are going to frequent the pool area, be sure the plants you’ve selected aren’t poisonous.
• Be sure the plants you’ve selected to be closest to the pool don’t drop leaves or flowers directly into the pool.

With a careful selection of landscaping plants, trees, and shrubs, your pool will be ready for years of beauty, fun, and privacy. Find the type of landscaping you need or get ideas for your landscaping here.

To start your landscaping project today contact Atlantic Pools & Spas.  We are your premier pool builder in Northern New Jersey.  We, not only design, build, remodel and install new swimming pools, we complete beautiful poolscapes with outstanding landscapes.