It would be impossible to picture a pond without imaging water lilies floating on the surface.

Yellow Water LilliesBy 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.

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