Inground Pool plantings

nick1427dApril 18, 2012

Hey guys

I moved into my house 2 years ago and inherited an inground pool. The pool has been a lot of fun but the landscaping always lacked that "feel". The previous owners had a lot of holly, barberry (yea thorns on barefeet!), and well that's about it. I took out everything and have been adding a little each year.

So far I've planted a few hardy banana, hardy palms, hardy hibiscus, castor bean, many many canna, elephant ears, and a small magnolia shrub.

The pool is L-shaped and around 40000 gallons. The pool has concrete decking around it so I don't worry too much about roots, won't be planting large trees.

My inquiry is besides what I've planted is there anything else you guys recommend to bring that "tropical feel". I would prefer perennials or plants that are easily dug up. I dug up about 20 canna last year so that doesn't bother me. I'm looking for that "lush" look, prefer more foliage interesting specimens, doesn't need to flower. I can always just add more of what I've been using (which I have) just looking for more ideas

The area gets mostly sun with maybe an hour or two of shade at times in morning. Zone 6b St Louis metro

thanks a ton

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It sounds like you have it covered pretty well for z6b...
Some perennials you might be interested in are crocosmia "lucifer",blackberry lillies , some ornamental grasses (japanese Blood Grass, Zebra Grass) and don't discount some of the large hostas for a tropical look (although the full sun could be a problem) . Also, there are some coral bells (huechera/huecherella) with real colorful foliage . Tradescantia "Sweet Kate" , Purple Heart ,iris (variegata) and some of the euonymous have a tropical vibe .
Some you may consider for digging up and storing are brugmansia,lantana and plumeria .
Laceleaf Elderberry is a cool shrub but, it would take up some space ...

Do you have some pics ???

Here are some of mine ...






    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 9:42AM
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    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 9:53AM
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Did you post these on a pool site (the block won't let me say which one) ? I saw these posted there and have actually been trying to mimic what you have. Your poolscape looks excellent!!

Thanks for the help

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 8:47PM
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Thanks for the compliment ...
I did post some of these pics last fall on a pool site.
Good luck on your quest for cold hardy tropicality and post some pics when you can !

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 9:08AM
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In picture #4 is that a pindo palm? How do you keep it from getting bit by frost?

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 8:11PM
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It is a pindo . I build a styrofoam box around it and wrap rope lights around the trunk . It takes this treatment pretty well ...

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 1:53PM
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