Re-landscape Mom's pool in SoCal (pics)
My mom would like to spruce up the area around her swimming pool in southern California. She is 80, still active and strong, but doesn't do as much gardening as she used to due to a bad back.
She consulted with a landscape designer for ideas. The suggestions included breaking up some of the decking to create planter areas where the decking meets the wall. She does not want to have that much work done so decided to call it off.
So, I offered to get some ideas here and do the work myself, and she has agreed (so far!). We would like to begin planting in November.
I would like to create a design for her based on the following criteria (please click on the picture at the bottom to see all the pics w/captions):
-- Low water (her city allows irrigation only 3-4 days/week)
-- Easy maintenance
-- Heat tolerant
-- Pool friendly
-- Amended sandy soil, lots of sun
-- Any pots place around pool should be heavy enough to not blow over in winds
-- Planter boxes (or something) on brick step along the side of the garage
-- Soften and hide the pump enclosure
So far, my husband and I have suggested the following:
(1) In the narrow border at the far end of the pool, replace the current edging with a short (about 1 foot) brick enclosure (similar to the brick around the pool), add more soil, and replace all the plants (including removal of the palms)
(2) Place a large pot on each side of the corner of the pump enclosure, and another one where the enclosure meets the wall, to visually extend the narrow border all the way to the wall.
(3) Some type of planter boxes along the short step along the garage.
(4) Succulents (i.e. low water) inside the glazed pots on the walls
(5) Add an irrigation timer near the pump enclosure to water the border at the end and also the pots on the wall (if necessary)
My own plant suggestions (so far) include some type of Salvia and Agastache (hummers, color, low-water), Agapanthus (I know they are common but she likes them and they are nice plants for around pools). We welcome any and all suggestions. Thank you!
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