Landscaping can add a nurturing touch of nature to the hot tub area.

Hot Tub Landscaping Ideas

by Amie Taylor

After a busy day with the kids or a hectic afternoon at the office, there's nothing more relaxing than climbing into the hot tub and letting the warm, bubbling water wash away the tension. To create an even more soothing atmosphere, choose one of a variety of ways for landscaping the surrounding space to set the mood that you and your family most enjoy.

1. Creating Privacy with Plants

When you're in the hot tub, the last thing you want is to feel the prying eyes of neighbors or the probing glances of passersby. Create a sense of privacy around the hot tub by planting a green fence of ornamental grass, a small garden of tall perennials or a hedge. Alternatively, install a panel of of lattice, and let a favorite vine blanket it with greenery and fragrant flowers.

2. A Sense of the Exotic

While gazing from the hot tub at the landscape, let exotic plants transport you to faraway lands. A green fan of fronds blowing in the breeze can be provided by a Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 to 11., while a burst of orange flowers complements the tropical atmosphere, thanks to the trademarked Tropicanna, also known as canna gold (Canna "MACtro"), which thrives in USDA zones 7 to 11.

3. Fragrant Additions

While your sense of touch is activated by the warm water rushing over your skin, engage your sense of smell as well. Plant flowers that emit a pleasing fragrance nearby, and inhale their soothing scents while you soak. The orange peel cestrum (Cestrum "Orange Peel"), hardy in USDA zones 7 to 9, will fill the air with the scent of orange blossoms, while the Japanese rose (Rosa "Charles Albanel"), hardy in USDA zones 2 to 9, emits the delicate fragrance of roses.

4. Shading the Hot Tub

If you love relaxing in the hot tub, but don't like to bake in the sun, plant a tall tree with a significant spread nearby to shade the hot tub from the sun. While falling leaves and debris can be an issue, swipe the water surface with a swimming pool skimmer to quickly remove the debris. Alternatively, install a pergola over the hot tub, and train vines to climb across its open-beam or lattice roof to provide shade.

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