Planning some Ornamental Herb Gardens around the pool
I'm planning to do three planting areas around our pool. They are currently full of bermuda and surrounded by palms and cedar trees but basically in full sun and covered with a thin layer of gravel, very poor clay.
I would like to do lots of ornamental, mostly perennial and edible herbs with a few varieties of chiles, maybe some of the more ornamental vegetable varieties. I may mix in some bushes and flowers, thinking some hibiscus and they grow very well here if slightly protected from our occasional light freeze.
Would like as much winter color as possible as well.
Looking for ideas and if anyone has pictures I'd love to see them.
Remember, we're desert with nearly tropical weather. Last week it was 99 degrees with lows in the high 60s if you can believe it! Today we will be 84 but we will have a very unusual low of 43. (I will have to put a heat lamp on the tomatoes or something)