While designing a new swimming pool project, one of the most important steps that makes a difference is the choice of plants for the pool. These can be decorative pool plants that match a particular theme, that add colour or that simply serve to camouflage the pool itself in a natural setting.
Placing plants around pools allows us to play with the visual aspect of the pool, almost hiding the pool or simply reducing the impact of seeing an artificial element in an area surrounded by nature. This is something that we are seeing in recent years with the increasing trend in the use of materials such as natural stone or pools with a beach entrance that give an extremely opposite appearance to that of a traditional pool.
The use of plants for natural pools brings added value to the user experience of the swimming area. The plants have an immediate relaxing effect, make us feel calm and help us to connect with nature and to leave aside the stress of the city, traffic jams, pollution and noise of the crowds.
In fact, one of the best kept secrets of luxury hotels and residences is the placement of plants around pools that not only add privacy but also acoustically isolate the bathing space for maximum comfort.
Decorative pool plants
Swimming pool plants offer numerous options for customizing a swimming space. They allow us to achieve an elegant pool thanks to the use of decorative pool plants surrounded by green areas, a type of pool in which nature merges with each element of the project.
When choosing plants to decorate pools, it is important to take into account that they are plants with non-invasive roots (to prevent them from damaging the structure of the pool over the years), that their fruits and leaves do not fall in large volume, or that they resist continuous exposure to the sun.
Not all plants can be used to decorate a pool and not all pool designs allow the same type of tree, flower or decorative plant sets. While plants such as jasmine, magnolia, blue passionflower or conifers are perfect for this type of space, other deciduous plants are not the best friends of swimming pools because they require continuous cleaning and constantly pollute the water.
Plants to turn your garden or pool into an oasis
To turn our pool into an oasis surrounded by decorative plants, we can use the help of plants such as palms, which are widely used for their aesthetics and resistance, but are also highly valued for the fact that they do not usually have small leaves that fall off constantly or dirty the pool water.
If cactus, roses and all plants with thorns are not very suitable because the pool needs decorative plants that do not pose a risk to bathers (who are usually barefoot), shrubs such as boxwood, camellias, papyrus or aralia are highly recommended.
All these plants resist heat and drop in temperature much more effectively than for example other typical types of flowers such as roses, which are highly sensitive to temperature changes.
The best combination of plants for swimming pools is one that simulates a natural space that we can find in the middle of a mountain with a lake or a tropical coast. This type of space usually has a vegetation that fits very well with the needs of a pool and reduces the maintenance of them compared to other types of plants from a different environment.
If we imagine a tropical beach the first thing we think about is abundant vegetation where the palm trees are the centerpiece of the environment. Tropical areas are full of plants that are widely used to decorate swimming pools precisely because they are resistant to adverse climates, their exotic beauty and because they are precisely plants that do not soil the environment or require such exhaustive seasonal maintenance as deciduous trees.