Chlorine Tolerant Plants for Pool Landscape


Adding some plants around your pool area can provide privacy and shade, as well as make the space that much more attractive and inviting. However, not all plants are able to withstand a chlorine or saltwater environment, and some plants also don’t like the harsh micro-climate that the winds, bright sunlight and increased humidity can create.

This guide will give you some ideas of which chlorine tolerant plants for pool landscape to buy, helping you to save money and time and have the best possible plants for your pool environment.

Litter Free Plants

Try to avoid plants that shed twigs and leaves all year round, so you don’t spend hours sweeping up your pool area before using it. Silky oaks, Illawarra flame trees and jacarandas shed leaves and flowers through the summer, making it a challenge to use your pool. Some plants that won’t drop too many leaves include flax, cordylines and palm trees.

Avoid Plants with Extensive Roots

Umbrella trees, bamboo, deciduous trees and rubber trees might look good, but their extensive and sprawling roots can cause unseen damage below the ground with your underground pipes, paving and even the pool shell.

Watch For Pollen

Regular maintenance of your pool will make sure that pollen doesn’t cause too much damage to your filtration and cleaning equipment, although it’s impossible to keep all pollen out of the pool. Be sure to regularly clean or replace your baskets, cover your pool while you are away, and attach a fine material such as pantyhose or cheesecloth to your skimmer before cleaning pollen off your pool’s surface.

Pay Attention to New Plants

New plants will need extra care and attention before they are well established, including an initial deep water planting and during the dryer months, at least twice a month. Plenty of mulch around smaller seedlings and plants will help to protect them from the sun, although you should keep mulch away from the trunk so as to prevent rot. If plants are in direct sun for most of the day, a light shade cloth may be the solution.

Salt Water Swimming Pools

If you have a swimming pool containing salt water, make a point of planting some chlorine tolerant plants in and around your pool area, to ensure they will thrive. Plants that have waxy, furry or silvery leaves are generally ideal if you want plants near your saltwater pool; some good examples of these include cycads, yucca plants, aloe, agaves and bromeliads.

Other plants that don’t mind being splashed by salty water every so often include echiums, pig face, coastal banksia, dianella, agave attenuates, and palms, many of which can be seen in coastal areas.

Chlorinated Swimming Pools

Some plants can withstand being splashed by chlorinated water better than others, although no plant is truly 100 percent suited. Think of plants that have larger and leathery leaves, including golden cane palms, erigeron daisy, cordylines, murrayas and star jasmine.

Perth Landscaping

The most ideal approach to ensure your pool is both lovely and green and a safe and low-maintenance area, is to check your plant selection with an expert landscape designer.

Let us know you’d like a chat with any of our local and qualified landscape designers to help with your pool plant configuration. We can advise and consult on your project, or help you start from scratch – just get in touch! Our team at Perth Landscaping would love to help with your pool plan!

Small Garden Design

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Recently our Perth Landscaping team had the opportunity to showcase our small garden design ideas at a garden show here in Perth. Our landscape design for small gardens showcases how an effective design can make the most of your small space. As Perth’s population grows, urban infill is increasing. This means more townhouses and units which means smaller backyards and courtyards. A great small garden design can help ensure you create a place you’ll love – no matter how small your outdoor area.
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Perth Landscaping Design & Install – Client Backyard Makeover

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Perth Landscaping Design & Installation Showcase

 Client Backyard Makeover – Paul & Diane – Perth

Emma approached us a couple of months before Christmas last year, wanting to offer a landscape makeover as a gift to her parents.

See how we took their landscape from sand pit to gorgeous green oasis…

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Perth Landscaping Design – Perth City Garden Makeover

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Perth Landscaping Design & Installation

Client case study – Marcus – Backyard Re-design

At Perth Landscaping we love creating gardens you can be proud of – and that is exactly what we achieved for Marcus; a client with a very unimaginative and poorly-installed design who wanted a tailor-made, stunning outdoor area to integrate with his lifestyle and tastes.

Find out how we helped Marcus transform his ‘developer’s garden’ into an amazing space where he can be truly Garden Proud!

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Landscaping Ideas – Add to Your Design

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When many people think of landscape gardening they immediately think of digging, dirt, and mess. But one aspect of any beautiful garden involves landscaping – and those extra touches that make it stand out.

Landscaping goes beyond pragmatic elements of gardening, such as growing vegetables, to focus more on the decorative desire of having a beautiful garden.

Many people can be unsure of how to approach landscaping. That’s why we have created this blog to share some of our landscaping ideas to help you get started.

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3 Ways to Give Your Garden Design Form and Function

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With the sun beginning to stretch its rays longer and longer throughout the day, you might begin to think about spending more time outdoors.

More specifically, garden design crosses your mind.

Maybe you’re finally finding time to get started on that garden you’ve always dreamed of. Or maybe you’re looking to change it up.

Regardless of where you’re at in the gardening phase, here are some top ways to get the most out of your garden.

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How to Find the Best Landscape Gardeners in Perth

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When it comes to your garden, you want to make the most of the space you have and get it looking its best.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of time or a green thumb, many people can’t nurture it to that level… That’s where landscape gardeners come in.

A landscape gardener is a professional who can work towards fulfilling all of your garden needs and goals. But if you have never hired a gardener or have had a bad experience it can be hard to know where to find one.

We know we do a good job, but we have many clients who go through a few companies before they get to us because they haven’t done their research properly.

That’s why we have created this short guide on how to find the best landscape gardeners in Perth so that you can find the perfect fit for your garden.

Let’s get to it!

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Which Plants are Best Around Pools in a Landscape Design?

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Pool Plant Design

A pool is a must-have in Perth – it’s hard to get through those 40+ degree days without one! If you are looking to have a pool installed or wanting to create a gorgeous design for your existing pool that includes a lot of foliage, it’s important to have a good idea of what plants will look great without causing issues in the future. Most people would think to get a garden design before beginning to landscape their outdoors – but it’s just as important to have a good pool plant design before adding a bunch of plants to your pool area!

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4 Extra Touches to Take Your Landscaping to the Next Level

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Landscape design is an art.

As such, your outdoor space will be an expression of your personality and your style.

Your backyard is an extension of your home. It is no different than your living room, kitchen, or bedroom in that you want to your landscape to have as much character and style as the rest of your house.

It should come as no surprise that there are many style options to choose from when it comes to creating custom landscaping.
For that extra little something to really accentuate your landscaping, have a look at some  of our tips below…

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Choosing the Right Tree for your Landscape Design

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Why would this be so important when it comes to planning and selecting plants for your landscape design? Because tree selection can’t be from a purely aesthetic standpoint. Trees have many pros, but also some cons which would be considered.

Of course, you should choose one you will love and which suits the design, but you also need to understand the long-term effects and nature of the tree – they can have a large impact on many areas of your design and garden.

Consult the questions below and our list of possible hazards before making your selection…

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