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First, what you should NOT plant. Don't plant shrubs or flowers that attract loads of bees unless they are 12-15 feet from the pool edge. I personally love nature's pollinators, but most people don't appreciate bees, or they are allergic to them. With that said, stay away from Caryopteris, bee balm, vitex, etc. Don't plant trees that drop a ton of leaves, such as honey locust. If there is a drought during the summer, they will drop a lot of leaves. Plus, during the fall, cleanup is a lot easier. Don't plant trees that at maturity will cast a lot of shade. DO use a lot of ornamental grasses. They project a sense of flowing in the wind and some give a tropical feel to the pool area. Depending on when you open your pool, you could plant some viburnums (carlesii or juddii) for some fragrance around the pool. Same goes for gardenias and camellias if you live in a zone where they can grow outside all year. If not plant them in containers and move them inside during the winter. How about some sweetshrub (Calycanthus) for fragrance. For privacy, use any tall shrubs. They don't necessarily have to be evergreen unless your pool is open year round. I'm sure there's a lot of stuff that I left out, but these are the basics that I can come up with right off the top of my head. Hope this helps

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