If you have been following along for the last few years, you know the whole pool area has been a process. A looong process. From green slime, to missing tile, and a rotten fence – it was in rough shape when we bought the property. Now that the pool house is looking fancy, the old pool tile has been replaced, and the pool thankfully is a normal color, we were ready to give the landscaping a little upgrade this year.
I’m super excited to be partnering with ShrubBucket on our pool landscaping. If you haven’t heard of ShrubBucket, it is an online plant store that delivers plants right to your door! It’s so convenient and easy to use. This service is great, especially if you get overwhelmed at the nursery with all the plant names, tags, and ideal planting conditions. Should it be in the shade? Or the sun? Or will the deer eat it? ShrubBucket makes it super easy to plan out your space. You can search their site by plant type, sun vs shade, or even by butterfly friendly plants and so on. There is SO much helpful information about each plant variety. It makes gardening a no brainer for even the blackest of thumbs.
It was a breeze to order and the plants they delivered are gorgeous. Let me show you what all we included in our plan.
You all know my obsession with hydrangeas so Limelights and Endless Summers were a must by the pool. We also wanted more of a hedge look to cover up our fence so we ordered a ton of Arborvitae, which do really well for us here.
Here’s a little flashback to how the pool looked when we first moved in. Not the best!
We replaced the old wood fence, but left the chainlink. I just gave it a coat of black spray paint. When we first moved here, our kids were 5 and 8 (which seems crazy), so we liked the idea of being able to see that back patch of yard for them to play soccer etc.. Now that they are almost 10 and 13 we decided to hide the fence a bit with these gorgeous arborvitae.
It was tempting to plant them really close together to create an instant hedge, but I decided to listen to the experts and leave them enough room to grow.
I can’t wait for them to fill in over the years, but it’s already so nice to have the extra color back here.
Speaking of color, I should mention that we just took the cover off the pool yesterday, so it’s not quite as crystal clear as it will be!
Over by the pool house, I planted these Limelight hydrangeas 2 years ago and they do great here. I decided to extend that look and plant 6 more along the rest of the fence. These grow SO fast and will be full of gorgeous blooms in the next few years. Oh and you can see the difference between the old and new tile here too.
Over by the lounge chairs we used to have boxwoods planted that you could never really see. I moved those over to the new guest cottage and went with another row of the taller arborvitae here too.
I love that you can see them so much better than the boxwoods.
This little spot by the cabana doesn’t get a ton of afternoon sun, so I thought it would be a great spot for a pop of color. Endless Summer hydrangeas are always a go to for me.
I love to use them in planters by our front door and this was a great spot to use them again. I’m so excited for them to bloom!
I’ll have to provide an update as we move into summer and everything blooms. I didn’t want to wait to tell you about ShrubBucket as now is the time to start planning those outdoor projects. Be sure to check out their site for all the details and helpful plant information. You can also find out if they deliver to your area here.
Planting all of these gorgeous plants has me so excited to spend the summer out here by the pool. There is still a ways to go, but it’s starting to come together!
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Fence color Butternut by Defy