Hot Tub Landscape Design and Aesthetic Ideas
When you’re planning your landscaping for design and aesthetics, it all comes down to personal preference.
First you have to figure out where you want to place the hot tub in your yard. Decide whether you want your hot tub space to feel intimate and cozy with luscious plants tucked in tight around it, or more open and spacious, surrounded by smaller plants that are easier to contain.
Consider adding hanging baskets to increase aesthetic appeal. Extended brackets can be fixed to your screening fence or exterior house walls. After all, a good soak surrounded by flowers at arm’s reach is pretty much paradise.
Consider fragrant plants like Sweet box, roses, and lavender, as scents can help relax the body and mind. However, avoid placing a hanging basket directly over the hot tub, as you don’t want the debris in the spa with you.
Set large pots around the edge of the spa to add seasonal color and fragrance. Do like the pros, and make sure the pots have no drainage holes, but rather a few inches of gravel or a brick set in the bottom. Next add plastic gallon pots of color already in bloom from the nursery.
Now all you have to do is place the blooming plants into the large pots, making it easy to replace them with other blooming plants when the season change.
Stones are a great way to create a path from the house to the spa, and can be selected for color and style. Consider adding candles or even a simple chandelier placed on a nearby (sturdy) tree branch, and maybe even an outlet for plugging in a heated towel rack. Another great ideas is to create a covered area to store or hang towels, and don’t forget a hot tub tray for drinks and snacks!
Hot Tub Landscaping Safety Considerations
There are some plants and foliage that you will want to avoid. The last thing you want is to encounter thorns, bees, or wasps on the way to your spa. Barberry, thorny roses and pyracantha may be too sharp, and bees and wasps will be drawn in by fruiting berries, ripening apples, and cherries. Think twice before planting pine, popular or sweet gum trees nearby, as messy trees and shrubs will be a maintenance nightmare.
Finally, don’t forget about safety. Be sure to add handrails to steps or hot tub sides. Rubber-backed mats and non-skid strips should also be placed on surfaces that may get wet, helping to prevent any slipping and accidents. And because you’ll be using the hot tub at night, don’t forget to add in adequate lighting.
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