Florida enclosed pool area landscaping

karyn(9)April 1, 2014

I'm looking for suggestions on large potted plants to use in an enclosed patio/pool area (Lanai as it's called in Florida).

In order of importance here's what they need to be -
1. Tropical look
2. Limited growth - not to ever exceed 8' high
3. Low maintenance
a) doesn't drop things all over the deck or in the pool
b) tolerant of very little water or torrential rains and occasional freezes
4. Inexpensive
5. Colorful or exotic looking

Because FL is a bug and vermin riddled hot swampy mess, these screened in enclosures are necessary to keep bad things out... but they also keep things in - like dirt and plant droppings - so one cannot keep it clean with a leaf blower or hose because there's nowhere for the mess to go inside these "cages" and it just ends up swirling around inside. Less cleanup the better.

Ours is not wired for drip watering/sprinklers, so for the few weeks a year when it's not pouring rain, we might have to water them by hand if the constant excessive humidity doesn't keep them alive!

Thanks in advance for your plantscaping ideas!

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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

We have sago palms near our pool, but it isn't enclosed. Almost every living plant drops something. It's their nature to be reproductive which usually means some kind of seeds. We have society garlic which is very neat and colorful also. You also need to be concerned about roots.

Suzi

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 10:28AM
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yardvaark

Some possibilities are:

Bird of Paradise
Small palm or palm-like plants (such as aforementioned sago; find one that works with the light conditions.)
Croton
Ti
Dwf. oyster (var. or regular ...as a groundcover.)
Various heliconia
Various gingers
Copperleaf

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 4:21PM
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karyn(9)

Thanks - these are some good ones to start! :-)

    Bookmark   April 2, 2014 at 11:34AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

most of those plants are good for no mess, no fuss, but won't handle occasional freezes. Also, expecting plants in pots to handle both drought and torrential rains is not very realistic. You'll have to hand water as necessary. Of the plants listed so far, not all stay below 8 feet tall. If you don't drop much below 29ðF, Phoenix roebelenii, Strelitzia reginae, Chamaerops humilis v. cerifera, Chamaedorea radicalis, Cycas revoluta are all possible choices, not messy, and fairly tough growing plants.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 11:18PM
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