Plants for Your Florida Pool Deck

When you’ve finally brought your pool and deck dreams into the realm of reality, it’s time to start thinking of what should go around it. We’re talking about plants, in particular here. When you’ve got a pool that’s near a deck, you have a sort of paradise tucked away that needs a little push to come to life.

This push means that you, as the homeowner, need to carefully select which plants should go around your pool and deck. If you have a heated pool, the raised humidity levels can end up frying nearby landscaping. If you happen to be in Florida, the tropical environment offers a plethora of plant choices for you to select from. When you consider choosing a plant, it’s always important to remember these few details:

  • Color and Texture
  • Scent
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Design and theme of your home

 Let’s take a look at some of the best plants to go around a Florida pool.

Banana Trees

Yep, best believe that this is actually a fairly good idea for a pool in Florida. The climate is ideal for it and it gives your pool and deck a tropical feel. Banana trees grow fairly fast and you even have bananas to look forward to in the nearby future. It’s crucial that they be planted at a spot that isn’t very windy.

Birds of Paradise

This is a classic when going for a tropical feel for your backyard. There are two variations for the Birds of Paradise: giant and small. The giant Birds of Paradise are great as a backdrop for your pool and near your outdoor deck. The vivid orange red of the blossoms is eye-catching and instantly transports one to a sort of island feel. The smaller variation of this plant is perfect for poolscaping.


One of the more easily recognizable blossoms and often associated with a vacation, the Hibiscus is a perfect blossom to plant near your pool or deck. The large and vibrant blossoms come in a variation of shades that you can choose from. As the body of this plant can grow quite large, it’s best to trim it fairly regularly. Putting this near a deck is a good way to give a splash of color.


A Jasmine is a vine plant so it’s perfect if you want a lush sort of feel for your pool or deck area. It thrives in warm climates so it’s perfect for Florida. While it’s still young, train the vines so they only go through certain sections. The Jasmine can carry a sweet smell that is perfect for nights.

What else do you need to keep in mind when it comes to plants, pools, and decks?

The answer: Weeds. Whenever there are plants or plant growth present, weeds will be a threat. As such, it’s important to have your pool deck area treated properly so this isn’t a recurring issue.