Cool pools: Plants for around the pool

They are becoming an icon of the Australian back yard and those of us blessed with enough space to have one will know there is nothing better than taking a dip in your own pool on a hot summers day.

But all too often once the pool is in we forget to add the finishing touches, ie. plants, to our new watery oasis, leaving the space feeling barren and a little too hot around the edges!

We’ve got a great list of plants that will work wonders around your pool and have it feeling like the perfect hide away in no time!

plants for around a pool tropical plants nursery


It always pays to have a few taller, shadier plants around the pool to give a sense of enclosure and to bring the temperature down! Opt for trees that don’t need pruning and place them so that their canopy doesn’t over hang the pool itself. Deciduous trees can work well as they drop their leaves when the pool is getting the least use.

Trees you can use around your pool include

  • Magnolia grandiflora varieties
  • Olives
  • Blueberry Ash
  • Giant Bird of Paradise
  • Tilia Greenspire
  • Camelias
  • Citrus
  • Clumping bamboo
  • Tristaniopsis Luscious
  • Parrotia persica

bamboo pool garden plants around a pool melbourne nursery


The key to a great pool side planting is to use multiple layers of planting. Even if you are only using pots, plants a different heights will give you a lush and dynamic effect.

  • Coisya and murraya
  • Gardenia
  • Westringia
  • Philodendron xanadu
  • Agave
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Aggapanthus
  • Succulents
  • Teucrium

philodendron xanadu

Ground covers:

The finishing touch to any garden is a lush bed of ground covers, filling in the gaps and spilling over the edges!

  • Ajuga
  • Star Jasmine
  • Liriope
  • Scleranthus
  • Myoporum
  • Dichondra

scleranthus ground cover

So if you have a pool area that needs some plants, come and visit us at The Tree Shop for some great options!

Need a little more direction? Why not book in for one of our amazing garden consults so we can walk you through the best planting options for your garden.