5 Gorgeous Poolside Plants for Your PA Home
Your inground swimming pool area is more than the hole in the ground - it’s a space that should be welcoming, eliciting memories of sunny summer days spent lounging outside. If your Derry, PA poolscape seems lacking, integrating a range of poolside plantings is a great way to add visual dimension as well as color to your pool area. Be sure to mix and match to add texture to the pool area: combine ornamental grasses, succulents, and bold flowers for an innovative design.
Glory Lily (Gloriosa superba)
What could be more stunning than a wall of flames? Give the glory lily a trellis to climb and that's what you’ll have. The flower is made up of six slender ruffled petals of glowing yellow and fiery red that peel back into glorious flames. The bright green leaves not only display the flowers perfectly, they pull the plant upward by their tips—delightfully different from the tendrils expected from a flowering vine. The glory lily is best planted in containers which can be moved indoors before the first frost, keeping the bulbs protected and ready to sprout again come spring.
Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Little Kitten’)
Miscanthus sinensis is a fabulous ornamental grass for year-round splendor, its thin silver-green leaves boasting feathery silver blooms in summer, which fade to an understated golden brown in winter. So named for its compact foliage, Little Kitten grows to a height of between 12 and 36 inches, making it a great ornamental grass for the poolside where a towering grass would limit visibility. Maiden grass is hardy, a fan of full sun and tolerant of salt and drought. This grass is also known to prevent erosion of surrounding topsoil, helping to keep pools in windy areas clear.
Blue Thimble Flower (Gilia capitata)
The blue thimble flower is a non-invasive wildflower great for attracting bees and butterflies to your poolside oasis. Flourishing in full sun or bright shade, gilia capitata blooms from spring into summer, gracing your plant beds with clusters of pastel blue-purple flowers perched on long sturdy stems. While the blue thimble flower is an annual that dies with the first frost, it can easily pop up again the next spring provided its seeds fall on bare soil.
Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold')
Despite its ominous common name, the wintercreeper is sure to add color to your landscape during dreary winters with its sunny foliage. A dense evergreen shrub, the wintercreeper boasts green and gold leaves that take on a pinkish tint during the colder months. Lone-standing plants reach 1 to 2 feet in height but can be trailed up shady fences or walls as well, or pruned to remain low to the ground and aid in preventing erosion.
Blue American Agave (Agave americana)
Succulents add geometry to your landscape and an attractive contrast to the gentle foliage of most plants. The picturesque blue American agave has large, fleshy leaves that splay out from a center crown with an otherworldly blue-green color. They grow from four to six feet tall and are often used as a privacy screen, or to hide unsightly landscape elements. The blue American agave is a hardy plant, adapting to its environment easily and storing water in its leaves for when it needs it.