Ideas For Landscaping Around Hot Tubs: Creative Designs
What exactly is it that makes landscaping around a hot tub so different from normal landscaping? The hot tub may be elevated. Of course you can just add a bed of mulch, but your hot tub area will look as cheap as the landscaping cost.
Ideas for landscaping around hot tubs don’t have to be complicated to look nice. The first option is to simply purchase some nice looking planters or pots and some of your favorite shrubs and flowers to surround the hot tub. I like to take two larger pots and place one on each side of the steps. Then I plant two narrow finely manicured trees that will never grow out of the pot or become too tall. This frames the entrance to your hot tub making it inviting and beautiful.
The first step in designing your dream oasis is to determine the best location for your spa. Consider the view, ease of access and privacy. Locating your hot tub close to your house makes using it much easier in cold weather. Also include a pathway with lighting for night use and a surround of some sort for privacy.
You probably want privacy in your hot tub landscape design. A stand of bamboo or hedges, a wall or fence, or even a gazebo can do the job nicely. If protection from rain or hot sun will be an issue, consider an enclosure with a roof. To avoid extra cleaning, do not place large plants or trees too near the spa. And consider how the seasons will affect your view and privacy when choosing plants.
Landscaping ideas for privacy are some of my personal favorites. One attractive possibility is a screened gazebo, which not only protects your privacy, but turns the hot tub into an attractive center of your backyard. A gazebo roof also means that you can use the hot tub in peace during rainy or buggy weather. On the outside of the gazebo, consider attaching a few simple window planter boxes and growing colorful flowers and other plants there. If you lack the green thumb, silk flowers are easy to maintain and will always look fresh.
It would be virtually impossible to enumerate all the possible ideas for landscaping around hot tubs. Let us concentrate here on an Asian themed hot tub that would be a wonderful addition to a yard. A walkway with plants lightly draped over it offers a combination of shade and sunshine and provides an Asian atmosphere as well. You can also rim the tub with cedar planters filled with trees and other plantings appropriate for the weather in your area. That will give your hot tub the sense of permanence one gets with in-ground tubs.
The perfect hot tub would be one that is built into the ground next to an in-ground swimming pool. To enhance the beauty of the hot tub, it would be ideal to have tropical plants surrounding the area to create a little jungle. You don’t even need to plant them in the ground. Just use nice flowerpots and place them around the area in two clusters of three to create a well-balanced look. By using different sizes of pots and plants in each cluster, you can create a terraced look. Popular plants for this type of setting are hibiscus, palm bushes, and ivy that can flow around the pots to create a lush landscaping.
There are so many ideas for landscaping around hot tubs that this only touches on the many possibilities. However whenever landscaping around a hot tub you must remember to still allow for the drain of the hot tub to be open. You wouldn’t want to flood all your lovely landscaping while refilling the hot tub. Remember that you can be as creative as you want. Make it your own backyard oasis.