Need help choosing tall, narrow, around pool

ericsmith1985March 23, 2013

Hello everyone,
I'm looking for some tall, narrow, something green most of the year, to plant around my pool. The space is only about 2.5 feet wide. I would like something that grows roughly 8 feet tall.

I'm not a fan of conifers. And of course anything with "droppings" of sorts gets in the pool, clogs filters, etc.

Our weather is usually drought most of the summer.

I like the looks of a graham blandy boxwood or a sky pencil holly. I'm afraid the boxwood won't get tall enough, and I'm afriad the holly will dry out too easily (plus the berries and blooms concern me).

The space is between a 6 foot privacy fence (north edge) and a sidewalk along the pool (south edge), so it stays sunny there up to 6 feet until about 2pm each day.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks, Eric

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Not sure how this would do in your zone, but consider a Carolina Jessamine or a Confederate Jasmine. Both are vines, easily controlled.

What do you mean "the berries and blooms concern me"?

When we had a pool, daily skimming took care of things.


    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 9:34AM
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Mother Nature really should turn her attention to hybridizing plants on demand designed for those difficult situations so often encountered by wishful property owners dreaming the impossible dream.

Eric, I have kicked around in this landscape business for many years searching for plants that do not shed blossoms, seeds, leaves, fruits or attract bees and wasps, etc. The spot you are describing is not suitable for plants unless you are willing to clean up after them. Mother Nature really has a very clever growing plan. Plant litter which drops to the ground cold composts encouraging the development of nutritious fungi which in turn plants utilize for healthy growth. And on it goes.

You are describing a very narrow planting area. Sky pencil holly probably will work best as they take well to pruning when their width outgrows the allotted space. Or, Skyrocket juniper is another consideration which takes shearing well.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 5:01PM
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