Poolside Planting 101

These cold winter months are the perfect time to start thinking about ways to refresh your pool and spa area, in preparation for the upcoming summer in Victoria. One of the quickest ways of turning your pool area into a tropical oasis is through the use of poolside plants. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure the plants you select are appropriate for the pool and spa area.

Pool Safety Compliance

It is imperative that your planting abides by the pool safety standards.

These include that your pool safety fence must have a non-climbable zone (NCZ) of 900mm on the outside of the pool fence all the way around, with trim trees, shrubs, and pot plants not infringing the NCZ area.

Plants with a noticeably horizontal surface of 10mm or more that permit a young child to gain a footing or grip, and can hold a weight of 25 kg or more, are deemed climbable. For this reason, always prepare to plant a safe distance away from your poolside fencing.

For more information on Australian laws for pool fencing, see our page here.

Aquatic Plant Selection

Poolside plants need to be tolerant of chlorine and salt as splashing would occur regularly. Choose plants that are hardy, need little pruning and love the sun.

It is best to avoid plants with sprawling roots, as these plants cause major problems underground to pipes, paving and the pool shell. Large pots are an excellent way to manage plants, allowing you to blend several interesting colours and textures in one place.

When it comes to selecting plants, succulents are often popular. Not only are they easy to maintain they thrive in hot, humid conditions. Small palm trees always add a sense of the tropics to any backyard and provide good screening. 

Experiment with foliage plants, shrubs and flowering plants to create layers of texture, colour and screening for your poolside setting. As your new poolside plants get established, they’ll require plenty of water, mulch and fertiliser.

DIY Pool Fencing Screens

Frameless glass privacy screens are perfect for when additional shade and protection is required.

These are particular frameless glass fencing panels made of unique etched obscure glass. They provide privacy and shelter to your pool area without compromising on natural light sources.

DIY Pool fencing is easy to install. Our friendly specialists will be able to assist you with all your enquiries and help you choose the right products for your needs.