The best way to make your pool stand out with little to no maintenance is to landscape it smartly, and here is a guide of 10 poolside plants that can make your landscaping easier and fun.

 These plants have been carefully selected to withstand pools changing weather conditions, have low maintenance and at the same time look appealing. 

However, you need to keep in mind that a heated pool can increase humidity levels so the plants need to be selected accordingly. Another thing to check carefully is that if these plants are suitable for the climate of your area and soil’s quality.  This list of poolside plants is your go-to if you live in Texas. 

Plants that are best to install around your pool area 

A different selection of foliage can be used to give off various types of vibes whether that is a tropical oasis, Southwest-inspired pool, or modern retreat. Installing plants that are evergreen, so they bring color all around the year, provide privacy, and add in texture is important. 

1. Queen palm (Syagrus Romanzoffiana)

If you are looking for an ornamental garden tree with a tropical look around your pool then this is it. It is a medium-sized palm that grows at a mature height of 15m (49ft) fairly quickly. It has pinnate leaves that droop softly towards the ground creating a beautiful canopy. These trees are perfect for warm regions.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 9b to 11
  • Sun Exposure: full sun
  • Soil Needs: Acidic, well-drained soil

2. Justicia

These plants have long, colorful, tubular flowers which are a hummingbirds delight. These range from yellow to deep red color contrasting with other gray succulents around a poolside and grow up to the height of 3-4 feet. These flowers are perfect for tropical and subtropical regions. Another thing about them is that they bloom throughout the year maintaining that perfect poolside landscape. And if you want to listen to nature and hummingbirds while lounging near your pool then these are more than perfect. 

  • USDA Growing Zone: 8a to 9 
  • Sun Exposure: full sun
  • Soil Needs: loam

3. Zebra grass 

This type grass is a wonderful choice for poolside landscaping. You might be wondering why so? These are easy to take care of, not to messy, are fast growing, as well as they blend in with other plants and create a beautiful foliage whether its day or night. The structure of this grass looks perfect if you plan on going for a tropical look. As this grass is tall its perfect to provide privacy to your pool area.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 11
  • Sun Exposure: full sun
  • Soil Needs: chalk, clay, loam, sand

4. Echeveria (Crassulaceae)

These velvety succulent perennials are originally from Mexico and are wonderful if you cope your pool with natural stones. Mixed in with other succulents or even different colors of these and some ornamental grasses such as zebra grass, would give you a low maintenance poolside but at the same time would look exquisite. These can reach up to the height of 2 feet with 4-inch-long leaves.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 9 to 11
  • Sun Exposure: full to partial sun
  • Soil Needs: a well-drained succulent mix

5. Martha Washington Geranium

These exotic tropical flowers come in a variety of colors for you to choose from ranging from Pink, magenta, fuchsia, red, white, violet and lavender. These usually bloom in late spring and are only available for about six weeks. These plants are somewhat vulnerable to lower temperature so they are not suitable for outdoor planting in colder areas

  • USDA Growing Zones: 5 to 10
  • Sun Exposure: partial sun
  • Soil Needs: well-drained soil

6. Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine (I. batatas)

These vines are beautiful and easy to grow herbaceous perennial. They have long tendrils that fall down toward the ground and if you are looking to hang some vines near your pool then you should definitely consider these. They come in a variety of earthy tones that you can select according to the vibe you are going for. These vines however do not flower. The vines are almost 10 feet long once they are mature providing with some privacy. These vines are known as drought tolerant however these will grow vigorously with frequent watering.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 9 to 11
  • Sun Exposure: full to partial sun
  • Soil Needs: rich, well-draining soil

7. Agave Attenuata

If you are looking to put plants around a salt water pool then this succulent is perfect. With low maintenance that requires little water that can survive well near oceanic water it is perfect. This plant can multiply in numbers in just a few years. It comes in a variety of colors ranging from white yellow and green.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 8 and up
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Needs: Any well-draining soil is acceptable, but their preference is rocky or sandy soil

8. Schefflera 

These are beautiful tropical plants that consist of long, shiny, oval green leaves that bend elegantly creating canopies around their stalks resembling small umbrellas. These plants are easy to grow in bright indirect light however in colder regions these are not suitable outdoors. They survive best in humid temperatures and doesn’t require to be watered frequently, just when their soil seems dry. 

  • USDA Growing Zones: 10 to 11
  • Sun Exposure: Bright indirect light
  • Soil Needs:  Rich and moist

9. Gulf muhly

To add a touch of pink and dramatic texture to your poolside these are perfect. These are tolerant to drought, heat and poor soil therefore cutting the maintenance in half. Their height ranges from 3 to 6 feet. The bloom of its flowers can be seen in fall season. 

  • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 10
  • Sun Exposure: full to partial sun
  • Soil Needs:  moist but well drained soil

10. Weeping dalea

These evergreen shrubs with purple flowers would look exceptionally beautiful with the right selection of surrounding foliage. These shrubs grow moderate fast and have a mature height of 3 feet and width of 4 feet. their blooming season is spring and fall. These shrubs wont litter your pool and have no thorns.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 8 to 10
  • Sun Exposure: full to partial sun


You can use variety of plant heights and origins to add texture and visual interest to your poolside. These different plant combinations and locations around your pool can be tested out by using landscape design software. Although plants are crucial to set the vibe of your poolside however pool lighting is also equally important. A few minor details can transform your poolside and make it look more appealing and aesthetic.

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