I need some suggestions for planting our pool planter.
It's a northern exposure off the back and full (screened) sun. The space is 8' long by 3.5 feet at the widest point. I don't want a mess in the pool and am looking for easy care. Some color would be nice and I'd like some sort of focal point - even if that means using a statue, fountain or whatnot. It's a small area... What I'd LOVE to do is turn it into a fountain, but that cost is outside my budget at the moment. ;) The area immediately behind the planter also needs to be planted. It's a 3' bed at the moment - the Crapes along the fence provide some shading. I've been toying with a bamboo - something smaller and clumping - maybe Green Goddess... It needs to be at least 6' in height and I really don't want to go above say 12 out there. Has to be cold tolerant and evergreen. Also dog safe - so oleander is out. I have agapanthus along the sides so want something to be kept more in a natural form rather than trimmed. I've also toyed with a meyer lemon or other citrus back there as well as a roebellini. I'll need to curve the bed out if I do any of those - which will be a little bit of the pain considering it slopes after that 3 feet... Anyway, the reason I'm addressing that as well is that it will be the backdrop for the planter as well as provide some protection and likely shade for it. I've thought of cannas along the back with nandina planted in ...»