Our budget for the pool isn't going to stretch far enough for landscaping, but we're going to have to get rid of a few trees and bushes when putting it in. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for plants that will cope OK with being near a pool? We're going for a salt-water pool and imagine the kids will splash plenty of water about. And of course we don't want anything that will drop too much waste into the pool.
There are plenty of salt-tolerant plants, including many Australian natives that cope with coastal conditions. Consider a coastal banksia, dianella (flax lillies) or westringia (coastal rosemary). Some grevillea and fuchsia varieties might also suit. I also like agave and aloe plants, which can cope with anything.
Make sure you steer well clear of bamboo - they often cause issues with plumbing and paving.
Hydrangeas are pretty tough and low maintenance. I think these blue hydrangeas look fantastic.