pool design problem

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mcdow, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. mcdow

    mcdow LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 95

    I got a job to at least design a landscape on a pool area with possibility of the installation too. My problem is that the back side of the pool is only 1 foot between the pool apron and the fence. This is the area that is directly in view from the deck and house. Other than some tight upright grass and possibly sedums I don't know what to put in there that won't get in the way of the people using the pool. Should I not put anything in there. the total distance of the fence is 62'. I have a design for the corners and the other sides already. Any thoughts and thanks in advance. Tried to put on a picture and it said upload failed.
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Climbers on trellises. Maybe you are too cold for euonymus manhatten or silver king. Climbing rose or climbing hydrangea are also good 2 dimensional plants. You could espalier all kinds of things. Blue Atlas Cedar and apple trees are often espaliered and look really nice.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Agreed, I would stick with climbing plants.

    Depending on the client, you could also think about some annual vines such as the Spanish Flag or Cardinal Climber (non-invasive morning glories). The advantage of the annual vines is that you can clean out the area every year that much easier.

    That and the hummingbirds that are attracted to them might give some extra interest.

  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Is it a solid fence that you want to green up or is it an open fence that you which you want to supplement screening by using plants?
  5. mcdow

    mcdow LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 95

    Thanks, climbers might be a good idea. I don't want anything too big that would get in there way. It is a solid fence that I am trying to make less boring.
  6. aaron79mowing

    aaron79mowing LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 49

    if you use ornamental grasses, make sure they don't produce seed that could blow in the pool.
  7. 3rdDayBrad

    3rdDayBrad LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 132

    Espaliered trees (apple or pears are most common) look great year round, with smaller perennials at their base. Depends on exposure.... Hostas come in thousands of varieties, ornamental grasses are good also.
    Your ideas of a trellis with climbers is good also. Consider annual vines as you will get quicker growth, season long flower, and if you didn't like what you planted one year, you can change it. Plus, if you use a decorative trellis, it will look good in the off season.
    Just my 2 pennies worth. Good luck!
  8. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,577

    Annual vines??? Go for some roses trained up with landscape wire.?.. Actually I saw one person who trained a row of camellia in a small area like that. Roses = thorns, not something you would want little kids running into
  9. bamaturf

    bamaturf LawnSite Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 136

    had a job last fall with a long skinny area similar to your pool job. the area
    was maybe 15" wide and 20 ft long. we used mini laurapetulum, same as the
    larger but midgits . worked out great but i dont know what zone your in.
  10. TopNotchMowing

    TopNotchMowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Sky pencil holly

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