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Create your swim spa oasis with these terrific plants

January 30, 2024

A swim spa has fast become one of the top additions to backyards across America. Olympic added Endless Pools to its offerings this year, giving our customers another way to enhance their health and wellness through daily swims—and we love it!

Adding a swim spa to your backyard is more than just getting the spot ready for it. What you plant around your swim spa will create a terrific backdrop and make time in your backyard all that more enjoyable. Great landscaping with the right plants will really spruce up the surrounding area and make it a terrific place to entertain.

Look no further than the thriving landscape of the Pacific Northwest for some terrific options! Our cool and rainy climate is perfect for certain types of plants that will not only add a touch of nature to your outdoor oasis but also provide some practical benefits. Here are some plant suggestions to add around your swim spa.


  1. Ferns—Ferns are a terrific choice. They thrive in shady and damp environments, so having them around your swim spa will be a great addition. They’re relatively low-maintenance plants that don’t require a lot of sunlight. Having ferns around your swim spa creates a lush and natural environment while also providing some privacy.
  2. Hostas—I love hostas. They’re a fantastic plant sporting large leaves that come in a variety of colors, and they grow well in shady areas. Hostas are low maintenance and do well in areas with high humidity, making them a perfect addition around your swim spa.
  3. Rhododendrons—Rhodies are a Northwest staple. We had a number of these in our yard when I was growing up. They bloom in the spring and come in shades of red, white, pink and purple. They’re an ideal choice in the Northwest, as they’re evergreen and grow well in a damp shady climate.
  4. Hydrangeas—Hydrangeas are relatively easy to grow and thrive in the Pacific Northwest’s damp climate. These lovely flowers come in a variety of shades, such as white, pink, or blue. Having a few pots of hydrangeas around your swim spa will add some brightness and color to your outdoor space.
  5. Bamboo–If you’re looking for a plant to add some privacy to your swim spa area, bamboo is a great option. You can plant bamboo that grows quickly and makes for a fantastic natural fence. I, however, would make sure to plant bamboo in pots so it doesn’t run rampant in your backyard!


These are a few of the plant options to add to the area around your swim spa. Ferns, hostas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and bamboo will create a terrific environment and thrive in the Pacific Northwest’s wet and cool climate. A visit to your local nursery to consult with experts could reveal even more options that will create depth and beauty to your swim spa oasis. You’ll be on your way to a natural sanctuary in your own backyard in no time!