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Landscaping around the Hot Tub

Would you like to turn your ordinary backyard hot tub into a relaxing, therapeutic garden spa? We’ve put together a few ideas to help you create the perfect outdoor oasis, along with tips on blending your hot tub with the natural environment.

Mapping it Out

Where to put the hot tub? The first step is choosing a place in your backyard that allows for optimum privacy and convenience. While you’re considering the perfect spot for your hot tub, you’ll also need to consider whether or not you’ll be using it year round or seasonally and whether or not you want an in-ground or above-ground hot tub.

Landscaping around an Above-Ground Hot Tub

If you don’t already have one, you might consider adding a gazebo around your hot tub. A gazebo will add privacy and give you some protection on rainy nights. You can hang bistro lights for ambience. It’s easy to blend a gazebo into your natural landscape by planting flowering vines that can weave through the slats of the lattice; jasmine is a wonderful choice because you not only create privacy, you also get the added benefit of the beautiful scent from the flowers.

Placing a potted plant or small, manicured tree on both sides of the entrance will create dimension and highlight the entrance, making it even more inviting. If your hot tub is out in the open, without a gazebo, add some tall dense plants around the perimeter for privacy; select evergreen plants for the thick covering that lasts through all seasons. Adding a potted plant or small tree on both sides of the steps will create charm. Gazebo or not, landscaping around your hot tub will soften the overall look to your yard.

Landscaping around an In-Ground Hot Tub

An in-ground hot tub has an advantage over an above-ground hot tub with regard to blending into the natural landscape. You can add large boulders that will create a more rustic ambience or a low hedge around three quarters of the hot tub that will give you privacy as well as intimacy and a wind shield. If you have the space, you can build an arbor over your hot tub and plant wisteria or clematis for its beautiful flowers, sweet fragrance, and protective shield from wind and rain. Hang a chandelier or candle lantern from your arbor to add a touch of romance. Use some outdoor fabric to create drapes for your arbor, adding color and privacy.

Landscaping around a Patio Hot Tub

Adding potted flowers and bold green foliage around your patio hot tub will create visual appeal. Choose plants that will complement each other with a variety of textures and heights. Incorporate flowers for seasonal fragrance to mask the scent of chlorine. Use various sizes of pots to create a terraced look; cluster three to five pots utilizing different shapes and heights. Hang some ferns to create an exotic jungle look.

Getting to and from Your Hot Tub

If your hot tub is in a corner of the yard, away from your patio, create a walkway with stepping stones that lead you from the patio to your hot tub. Add outdoor lighting or tiki torches along the path. At the base of the hot tub and adjacent to your walkway, add some ground cover to integrate the hot tub and walkway into the natural landscape.

Other Considerations

Depending on whether or not you have an in-ground or above-ground hot tub, and whether or not you have kids that like to make big splashes, you may want to consider landscape plantings that are tough and will withstand the occasional chlorinated water. You’ll also need to occasionally drain your hot tub.

There are a lot of different ways to landscape around your hot tub. We hope you’ve gained some ideas from our article.

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