Category Archives: Hot Tub Decor

Landscaping Around Your Hot Tub – SpaCap

New hot tub owners often come home almost as excited as new parents. They’ve done their research, chosen the right hot tub, and now it’s arrived. They can picture all the hot tub parties, all the relaxing evenings, and the way their tense muscles will finally relax – but wait. What about landscaping? Doing so around a hot tub can be tricky. The temptation is to overdo it, so guests’ eyes will immediately be drawn to the area. Too much, though, and guests will feel overwhelmed. We’ve provided some tips to help you ensure quality landscaping around your hot tub.

Listen to Your Mother

Mother Nature, that is. Plants are a great way to provide creative landscaping, but you must be aware of your climate and your plants’ needs. For example, cacti and cactus flowers will do well in the Southwest, but don’t make the mistake of trying to move them to Florida. Yes, Florida is still the South, but it’s far more wet and humid. On the other hand, it’s best to use hardy, sturdy plants if you live in New England. Evergreens are a wonderful choice; think of the fun hot tub party guests might have decorating an outdoor tree in the wintertime. You might also try chrysanthemums or certain types of asters.

Use Stair Steps

By this, we don’t mean literal stairs. We’re suggesting you place plants at different levels. For example, you could have a couple of hanging baskets, but also place smaller plants on the upper ledges of the hot tub. You can also use rocks, flagstones, or bricks to create a unique pathway to the hot tub. If you have young children or loved ones who are elderly or have disabilities, include railings, and always be sure to incorporate plenty of space for walking around the spa.

Try a Theme

If your family members or guests are coming to your hot tub for a relaxing getaway, consider landscaping with a theme in mind. Perhaps you live in an area where Chinese or Japanese influence is heavy. Try using a stone walkway, Chinese lanterns, or a few bonsai trees near the tub for atmosphere. If an English garden look is more your style, consider wildflowers, roses, or topiaries.

Not Too Close

It’s easy to get carried away and put plants right up to the spa on every side but this is a mistake. You have to leave room for access, removing and replacing hot tub covers as well as maintenance if the spa needs to be worked on. Besides, when you’re in the hot tub you want to enjoy the landscaping. If it’s all crowded around the spa it won’t be very pleasing or relaxing. Think of the view from the spa and try to keep an open, uncluttered, peaceful area. Remember, plants grow.

Above Your Hot Tub : Gazebo or Canopy? – SpaCap

Many people love the idea of overhead hot tub décor. The problem is that when faced with the two most popular options – gazebo and canopy – they encounter a tough decision. Both sound wonderful, but which one is right for their particular hot tub? If you’ve been asking yourself that question, don’t despair. We’re here to help clear up the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can make the right decision.


Both gazebos and canopies are beautiful, and can be chosen to fit any theme you like. For example, many canopies have fringed ends or decorative ribbons, putting one in the setting of an Arabian caravan or a bedroom in an English manor house. Gazebos can be made with silk or silk-rayon combinations and undergirded with the sturdiness of wood or steel. Both options can also be used for total privacy and relaxation, though for privacy, a gazebo might be the better choice. Gazebos can be outfitted with doors or drapes that open and close, while canopies may provide more shade and shadow than privacy.


Nothing ruins a hot tub party or a private getaway faster than a canopy or gazebo crashing onto the water. Unfortunately, this can happen with flimsy materials. In addition, certain materials like rayon and silk can soak up water and are difficult to wash or repair. When considering a canopy or gazebo, ensure your option isn’t simply a piece of cloth. Look for sturdy fabrics like cotton or colored canvas with silk or lace embellishments. When considering a gazebo, look for those made with strong woods like mahogany or oak.


Canopies and gazebos are both expensive, and size doesn’t always influence the price. For example, a cheap “instant patio canopy” can cost $100, while a well-built gazebo could cost more than $400. Before purchasing a gazebo or canopy, decide how much you’ll actually use it and what the benefits will be. Canopies and gazebos are beautiful, but should be purchased with an equal mix of aesthetics and practicality in mind.

Ease of Access

With all hot tub accessories, it’s important to leave plenty of space to walk around the spa and ensure the hot tub can easily be covered. You may have seen Hot Tubs displayed at a fair of home show that had a quaint looking “Tea House” type gazebo that was fitted right to the spa cabinet. They look great on the showroom floor but they are a real nightmare in reality. They don’t allow enough access to remove or replace ANY cover with ease. Anything that inhibits the opening and closing of the hot tub will eventually be the reason you don’t use the spa. Don’t fall for cute, make sure you choice leaves you enough room to easily walk around at least three sides of your hot tub.

At, we have been building custom Hot Tub Covers for years. Because of that, we have been contacted many times about building covers for all kinds of hot tubs in all kinds of layouts. We have had to tell owners that their limited access is not enough to easily use one of our hot tub covers (or ANY cover).  So before you decide on how to best add an overhead covering to your hot tub area, take a serious look at how you use your spa and don’t do anything that might interfere with that especially just for the sake of decor.

A nice alternative is the patio umbrella that mounts on it’s own pedestal but swings out over the spa when in use or retracts out of the way for storage. This makes it easy to cover your hot tub when you want while giving you a quick easy option to remove it when you would rather look at the stars.

One more thought in closing, in most parts of the country, heavy rain, hail, wind or snow can be a concern. Most gazebos and Canopies are not built to withstand these so you’ll want to make sure you have them disassembled and stored before the storms come.