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Because Florida has a very temperate climate year-round, people love to enjoy relaxing at their swimming pool. In most cases, the pool is surrounded by lush greenery to add a bit of beauty and color.

If you are looking for a certain style, don’t worry, there are a number of plants to fit your specific need. Most of these plants need very little tending and they don’t interfere in your pool in a way that will cause damage. 

Before you plant, it’s always a good idea to check out soil conditions, root systems, and other factors such as space. Anything aggressive in nature or that is not a good fit for your pool area should be avoided.

Whether you already have a beautiful pool, or you have the top pool construction professionals in the process of designing one, adding the perfect plants is simply the perfect way to top it off!

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The Best Outdoor Pool Plants for Florida Pools

Agave – Since some parts of Florida can get very hot, Agave is a very good choice. Some of the breeds do have thorns, which is not good if you have small children scampering around. Try the Agave attenuata. It’s a smaller version that grows about 3-feet wide. It’s very pretty and sprouts blue-green leaves. This plant is found primarily in Central and South Florida. A top choice to accentuate any outdoor swimming pool.

Banana – These are lovely trees that grow up to 25 feet. Not only does it have lush leaves, but also edible fruit. If you want your pool area to have a tropical feel, the banana tree is just what you need. There are several types, so if you don’t want something very tall, dwarf versions of up to 6 feet are available. All they need are full soil and bright sunshine.

Bamboo Palm – This plant, with green stalks and flowering fronds, resembles a regular palm tree. They are not invasive and can grow anywhere from 3 to 12 feet tall. They do really well in partial shade and moist soil; not drenched. Bamboo Palm is sensitive to colder temperatures. There are areas of Florida that can have those sub-freezing cold snaps in the winter. Take special care if you live in those northern Florida regions.

Bird of Paradise – A plant you cannot go wrong with. There are two types: white and orange. These plants also give your pool area a nice tropical appeal. The flowers look exactly like a bird in flight, hence the name. They bloom year-round, with the white version having blue and white flowers and the orange variety sprouting blue and orange. These plants can grow quite tall with a height of up to 30-feet. If contained to a planter, only about 3 to 5 feet.

Schefflera – Another winner with large, tropical palmate leaves. This tall plant resembles an umbrella, as the top has large leaves on top with a bare trunk beneath. These are ideal poolside plants, as they grow up to 25-feet tall and 10-feet wide. In the summertime, long rows of beautiful red berries form. They are found mostly in Central and South Florida.

Whether you need some added beauty or a nice cover from the heat, a nice plant is a great asset.

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