Planting Around Your Garden Pool
The sight and sound of running water can be psychologically as well as physically cooling. Falling water helps to stimulate water movement, dissipating harmful gases and forcing some oxygenation of the water. Trees should not be planted too close to the poolside where falling leaves can contaminate the pool with gases given off by their decomposition.
By careful selection of plants you can create an ever varying range of colour. The muddy margins will readily support irises, marsh marigold and orange globe-flowers. Sweet flag and Forget-me-not will also flourish. Plant in bold groups which give a splash of colour rather than single plants that can quickly be overshadowed by their neighbours.
Consider the height of the plants chosen and draw a plan for planting – taking account of final height rather than size when first installed. Dwarf specimens to the fore and larger ones stepped towards the rear.
Water gardens can be made more interesting by using rustic work. The simplicity of arches, bridges and pergolas built from unhewn timber blend well with a natural pool. Hardwood should be used and can be joined by notches and nails. Ingenuity and a basic skill with tools is all that is required to build some picturesque examples of this country craft.