If you are interested in adding a hot tub to your outdoor fun, you need to be sure that you have chosen the best landscaping for the surrounding area so you can relax and have a good time. By planning ahead, you will be able to choose the best plants, arrangements and additional goodies for your perfect hot tub area.
Once you have checked soil quality and general condition of the area, you can start making plans. Measure the area where the hot tub will be installed and determine how much additional room you want to use for the surrounding greenery. If you have a small yard, you might have minimal room to create your private oasis. However, you can still implement some of these tips to make it happen!
Your hot tub is a place to relax and enjoy yourself, preferably in private. Keep neighbors from gawking by strategically placing outdoor garden walls around two or three sides of your new hot tub. Alternatively, you might employ some type of fencing or lattice work. Ivy and other vines are beautiful and can help provide cover.
Bamboo and similarly tall plants can create the same effect, but it will take time for them to fill in the area. You might opt to use a combination of these methods in order to restrict the views from the street and your neighbor’s yards.
Create a pathway to the tub using paving stones or another material that won’t track into the tub. Avoid loose stones and similar things around the tub. The last thing you want when you climb in is to find yourself sitting on a bunch of tiny rocks!
Soaking in your hot tub should appeal to all of your senses. When choosing flowering plants to surround it, think about the fragrance of the blooms as well as their appearance. Fragrant shrubs such as lavender are also quite effective at enhancing the smell of your yard.
Before you begin choosing your plants, you need to consider the theme for the area. Are you going for a tropical paradise or do you want something with well-manicured hedges and crisper lines? Avoid plants with excessive thorns or that attract bees and wasps.
Consider creating a larger area to encompass the hot tub and a small sitting bench. Add a discrete area for guests to change clothes and dry off in private. If you really want to provide a luxurious experience for yourself and others, add a heated towel rack. You can further accessorize the area with a koi pond, waterfall or other water feature.
Ensure that the paving stones leading to the hot tub are secure and the area well-lit. If you have sufficient sunlight in your region, you might be able to use independent solar-powered lights to illuminate the path. While you might not want bright lights directly over the hot tub, you need to have them available if necessary. Adjustable lights will let you set the mood.
Handrails are another essential safety feature that can prevent unnecessary falls after a relaxing soak. Likewise, you can use rubber mats or strips on walking areas likely to become wet and slippery.
Landscaping around your new hot tub can turn the area into a beautiful private retreat. These tips will help you to start making your plans. No matter what theme you decide on, you are sure to appreciate the opportunities your new hot tub brings. From being able to kick back after a hard day at work or having a party with family and friends, have fun with your new hot tub and the surrounding landscaping!