This year, I was determined to uncover some planters next to our pool that the previous owners covered with a mix of crappy concrete, stepping stones, and brick. These planters are directly next to the pool, so I can say, that there were probably poorly planned. Having planters next to a pool is a great way to ensure that you always have debris in your pool. You see, planters are filled with dirt, rock, or some kind of bark. Then people like to step in them, or kids like to dig in them… or worse… animals like to mess with them. Regardless, I was determined to uncover them and put them to use in some way.
After sledgehammering out the concrete, brick, and stepping stones, I found that the ground underneath was completely soaked. I honestly got super excited thinking I was going to find a water supply coming into the planters that I could tap and run to the new plants. Sadly, despite all the digging in the world, no water supply was found. Despite initial defeat, I decided to take a risk and plant some plants anyways, keeping in mind that these plants would have no direct water supply and would have full-day sun.
At the nursery, I set out to find drought-tolerant, sun-loving plants. With some luck, I found a few great options. Keeping in mind that I also wanted the plants to add color and depth to that area but also not block the view to the pool, I settled on a vibrant floral centerpiece and some “crawling” plants to fill the rest and act as a sort of ground cover.
At the moment it’s looking a bit sparse, but keep in mind, that I bought immature plants to save money since this was a risk, and I am not fully certain that the plants will thrive in this kind of environment (you know… in case I forget to water them). The planters themselves are 3 feet by 4 feet each. The purple flowers can grow up to three feet wide and a couple feet tall, while the crawling plants can spread up to four feet!
I’m really excited to see how the plants progress (and if I manage to keep them alive!). So far, I’m loving the color it’s brought to this side of the pool! And, best of all, I only spent about $20 to bring in the color!!!