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Do you own a pool that is lacking in landscaping?  Do you have a table and chairs or maybe a lounger or two.  Is the one thing missing is some potted plants, trees or sweet smelling flowers?  Here are few tips that may help you make some decisions.

When it comes to most pool decks flowers or potted plants are some of the last items to add.  Yet they shouldn't be.  They add so much for a minimal expense.  Fragrance from flowers, fruit trees or bushes, color from bold green evergreens, or a rainbow of color from blooming plants and flowers.  If you organize it right by following a few of these tips you will add so much warmth to the deck, softness to the view and a lovely frame for the pool itself.

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Needing more privacy?  Add tall potted trees or plants on the side you want to block.  Space large planters evenly and fill with trees that will have height and width. Just make sure the planters are large enough so that you don't have to re-pot every year.  We like the look of tall grasses.  They add interest and are perfect for blocking areas behind them.  

Place some large colorful garden planters around the deck next to a table and chairs. Plant with sweet smelling flowers so that you can enjoy the fragrance.  Add some trailing ivy or vinca to the edge of the planter so that you have some green falling over the sides that will add some depth to the design.  Make sure the flowers are one's you can control and they won't be dropping petals all over the pool.

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We also like to see potted plants that will repel mosquitoes.  Obviously this will help when sitting outside after sunset.  Adding a layer of color to the pool will really compliment the trees & plants you may add.  If you decide you don't want anything that blooms and drops petals then use colorful glazed planters and fill with succulents, cactus, grasses and evergreens.  That way you will have lots of color but no debris issues.

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Lastly, make sure you don't pot a type of plant that will drop debris that could stain a deck, clog a pool drain, attract bees or has thorns that kids could come in contact with.  Nothing is worse than creating a bigger mess than if you just left the deck bare.  So choose wisely, get creative and have fun.  Having a beautiful landscaped pool deck or area is only a few tips away!
 
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Like a frame around a picture, the landscape that surrounds a pool can really enhance its beauty.  By adding some colorful flowers and greenery, all packaged in a stunning glazed planter, will not only look stunning but add some softness to the overall feel.

You need to note a few tips before you start your project, to insure that you have the most success.  Simple things to consider like selecting plants that don't drop a lot of leaves or flower petals.  You don't want to be constantly cleaning the pools surface or taking the chance that something will clog your pool equipment.  This doesn't mean that you can't use a beautiful flowering plant, you will just need to place it down-wind from the pool.  This simple consideration will help.

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Another thing to think about is the amount of water a plant will need.  If you select a pot with a drain hole, which is the healthiest choice for most plants, you want to consider the run-off that may occur.  Don't place the potted plant on a deck where the run-off can create a muddy patch or dangerous situation for slipping.  The damage of constant water on the deck is another thing to think about.  Of course you can use a saucer to catch excess water and we offer a wide selection of them.  Just make sure it's large enough to hold the water and doesn't run over.  If the saucer is to small then what is the point of having it.

Lastly, we suggest you select some plant materials that have bright, bold colors, and heavenly fragrance all lovenly packaged in a high gloss decorative planter.  Just a few tips but all worth considering. 

Below is a list of a few plant materials that we love:

Bearded Iris - Scented geranium - Angelita daisy
Pineapple guava - Red Fairy Duster - Rosemary Salvia
Mediterranean fan palm - Date Palm - Texas ebony
Ice Plant - Trailing indigo bush - Yellow morning glory vine.

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