Poolside Gardens for Small Spaces

Vertical and potted poolside gardens for small spaces

Swimming pools require a significant portion of our increasingly space-limited backyards, however this does not mean the pool area has to be void of plant life, you can still have a splash and enjoy the colour too! 


Consider making the most of vertical walls and fence lines with densely foliaged, evergreen climbing plants such as Chinese star jasmine (Trachelospurmum jasminoides) or Honeysuckle ‘Purpurea’ (Lonicera japonica).

In cooler climates, the latter can be substituted with one of the many native Pandorea jasminoides species available such as the white flowered cultivar, ‘Lady Di’. Use a sturdy lattice framework for the climbers to grow onto so they will not interfere with any fence lines. Attach the lattice between posts and then trim it to the perimeters of the framework.


If the whole area around the pool is paved and a little extra space is available, planting into large pots can be very effective. A set of pots that are all the same colour and style will usually have the most visual impact. Plant an assortment of plants in each one or better still, stick to an individual species that can be repeated in each pot.

Good choices include Brazilian jasmine (Dipladenia sp.), Bambino (dwarf) bougainvillea, Geranium (ivy or zonal) (pelargonium sp.), French lavender (Lavendula dentata), bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) or water wise succulents such as century plant (Agave attenuata), flowering aloe hybrids or money plant (Crassula ovata) (broad leaf form).

About Noel Burdette

Well known for his passion for cottage gardens, unusual and rare plants and naturalistic garden design. Noel eagerly encourages fellow garden enthusiasts to broaden their horizons when creating their own gardens. Noel has been a regular contributor for About the Garden since 2006 and is a regular garden presenter at various horticultural societies, clubs and gardening events through southeast Queensland. Noel occasionally stands in for Annette McFarlane on radio 612 ABC for gardening talkback and is a presenter on the community gardening television program “Blooming in Brisbane”( Digital 31) . On request, Noel also offers a private garden consultation and design service. Whenever Noel has the opportunity, he can be found eagerly tending to his own garden “Wildside” which is highly focused on healthy ecology and plant diversity.



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