It would be impossible to picture a pond without imaging water lilies floating on the surface.
By far the most beautiful of all the pond plants
, the water lily is irresistible to most water gardeners. Water lilies prefer still water - plant away from fountains. Some water lilies are small enough to fit into a small bowl, others grow large enough to cover a pond.
Primarily there are 2 types of Water Lilies;
Hardy Water Lilies
- Considered day bloomers, they open in the morning and close up for the night
- Colors range from the deepest red to the palest white, with bright pinks and warm yellows in between.
- Changeables - are lilies that will open in one color and then subtly change color for the next few days.
- Prefer full sun at least 6 hours per day.
- Hardy in zones 3-11
Tropical Water Lilies
- Very fragrant
- Colors include blue, lavender, purple, pink, yellow and white.
- Some tropical water lilies only bloom at night - an added feature for those who enjoy their ponds at night.
- Hardy in zones 10 and 11 - otherwise treat as an annual and replace each year.