tropical pool landscaping, in Corpus

DtBelinda1May 1, 2012

I recently built a pool and am ready to landscape it. My backyard gets full sun. Getting ready to pull all oleanders. Looking for tropical plants that are freeze hardy. Do have hibiscis, crype myrtle, ixora, and pygmy date. Love coloring tropicals. Appreciate your help!

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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Around a pool, you need plants that do not loose their leavers, like bird of of paradise, blood bananas, daylilies, gerber dasies, and dark leaf elephant ears. If you are ever in Rockport come by my house you can see all the diffrent types of plants that do well in the sun. Of course I would have a few plumeria, but keep them in 5 gallon pots so you can bring them in in the winter. Most of my plants like some shade, but as your sun plants get older they shade the smaller plants, in the hot afternoon. Barbra

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 9:06PM
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jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)

Palmetto palms are native to the Gulf Coast.

How big can the plants get?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 1:50PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Is the pool salt water?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 11:57AM
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angela_o

Chlorine pools and salt water pools are the same thing. The salt water pool just uses a generator to make chlorine out of the raw salt. Chlorine comes from salt.
Around my pool with a salt water generator, I have banana, ginger, iris,canna lily, lavendar, rosemary, ornamental grass, passion flower,jasmine, morning glory, moonflowers, and a huge Charleston Grey watermelon vine at the present. I'm on the Florida Gulf Coast.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 9:50PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Angela, so the plant selection would be the same for both? I don't have a pool, but my nephew is installing a saltwater pool and was asking for plant information. I didn't have a clue.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 2:24PM
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angela_o

Hi natal! Yes. You can plant exactly the same things. Many people think that salt pools are different, but that salt is simply turned into chlorine by the generator. :)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 3:31PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Angela, thanks. I'll pass that along.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 1:21PM
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