We built raised beds into this design to bring the color and feel of the outdoors into this enclosed pool area.
4 – Use planters, planter boxes, pots and hanging baskets whenever possible, instead of planting directly in the ground.
5 – It’s easiest to skip grass altogether in an enclosed pool area as it requires frequent watering (which can be tricky) and mowing gets messy. Consider using no-mow grass varieties or even artificial grass.
6 – You could also replace grass areas with mulch, stone or gravel. Add a few potted plants or shrubs to the area to add some extra color and vibrancy.
7 – Make up for the loss of greenery by adding large planters of ornamental grasses. They bring a softness to the design of your pool deck and are very low maintenance.
8 – Plant flowering shrubs instead of large arrangements of flowers. They are easier to care for than most varieties of flowers and offer plenty of vibrant greenery.
9 – When you do decide to plant flowers, choose perennials, as they should come back again each year, keeping you from having to replant new flowers the following year.
10 – Use self-watering reservoirs or a self-watering drip system to keep your potted plants watered. This saves you the trouble of frequent watering and saves your plants from neglect when life gets busy.
11 – Use old water bottles to create irrigation system near your plants. Puncture holes around the bottle, stuff an old sock inside, and bury the bottle up to the neck near a plant. Simply fill water and close the cap. Refill the water as needed every couple of weeks.
12 – Add solar powered garden lights to your planters. When all the lighting comes from your pool, your landscape gets lost in the darkness.
13 – Consider adding potted trees to soften the corners of your enclosure and bring the outdoors in. There are many varieties of palms that do well in pots as well as bamboo, boxwood, crepe myrtles and Japanese Maples, to name just a few.