The Best Plants And Shrubs For Saltwater Pools

Pool | 03/08/23

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Whether you already have a saltwater pool or are going to be renovating your current chlorinated pool into one, it’s important for pool owners to recognize that not all plants fair as well as the next when it comes to salt water. Saltwater pools produce a large amount of salt that then mixes in with the soil, which hinders a plant’s ability to absorb water properly from that soil.

The good news is that there are a number of attractive plants out there that saltwater pool owners can plant near and around the pool.  Let’s start by looking at the most popular category for pool plants:

The Best Foliage And Flowers For Saltwater Pools

Foliage and flowers are usually the top choice for plants for around the pool because of their bright and exciting shapes and colors.  Some of the best include:

  • Lantana plants
  • Portulaca
  • Kalachoe
  • Daylilies (though these are the least tolerant on this list)
  • Ivy geraniums
  • Coleus blumei
  • Prickly pear cactus

The Best Vine And Groundcover Plants For Saltwater Pools

Whether it’s a pergola, a fence, or the ground itself that you’re looking to add some extra color and dimension to, here are the top salt tolerant vines and groundcovers:

  • English Ivy Plants (though do be warned – these plants are invasive so you’ll be needing to keep up with your weeding)
  • Bar harbor juniper (this is a top choice for anyone looking to eliminate or reduce debris in their pool)
  • Lily
  • Virginia Creeper vines

The Best Shrubs For Saltwater Pools

Shrubs can add some privacy and customization to any pool, with a favorite being:

  • Winterberry holly (this shrub rarely sheds, so you won’t end up with a ton of unwanted debris in your pool)
  • Rosa rugosa (also known as the “beach rose)
  • Sumac
  • Yucca
  • Oleander