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Water Lilies

Water Lilies (Nymphaea)

TROPICAL WATER LILIES (nymphaea)
 
A tropical water lily is a magnificent centerpiece for the water garden. They hold their fragrant blossoms high out of the water and can have several exquisite blooms at a time. The flowers stay open later in the day than the hardy water lilies and they also bloom later into the season. Tropical lilies can easily be distinguished from hardy water lilies in that the leaves are serrated or jagged. Tropical lilies come in day blooming and night blooming varieties. The day blooming varieties open several hours after sunrise and stay open until several hours before sunset. Some varieties of tropical water lilies are viviparous (growing plantlets on their leaves) which indicates they are more cold tolerant and will continue to bloom through fall in colder climates. The night blooming varieties will open an hour or two before sunset and remain open as late as noon on a cloudy day. For best performance plant tropical water lilies in at least a 2 gallon or larger plant container with a generous amount of heavy garden soil. Even the heaviest clay soils will work fine with the addition of a little sand and fertilizer. Fertilize monthly to reach maximum blooming potential. Depth should be maintained between 6" and 18" when first transplanted and then once established can be grown from 12" to 30" depending on the variety. Water temperatures should be at least 65 degrees before planting tropical water lilies in your water garden.

 

HARDY WATER LILIES (nymphaea)

The hardy water lily with its profuse and extravagant blossoms is a winter hardy or perennial plant. Lilies come in a variety of colors and sizes and once established bloom continuously all summer. Hardy lilies can easily be distinguished from their tropical counterparts in that the leaves are smooth around the edges. Hardy water lilies perform many functions in the water garden. Water lilies provide shade, coverage for fish, utilize water-born nutrients and insulate the water from extreme day/night temperature fluctuations. Hardy water lilies grow best in a generous amount of heavy garden soil avoiding too much organic matter unless it has been well composted. Even the heaviest clay soils will work fine with the addition of a little sand and fertilizer. Depth should be maintained between 6" and 18" when first transplanted and then once established can be grown from 12" to 30" depending on the variety. Fertilize monthly to reach maximum blooming potential.

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  1. Quick view Arc En Ciel Water Lily

    Arc-en-ciel

    $28.95

    Arc-en-ciel has white to light pink, star-shaped 5" to 6" blooms. This medium size water lily is popular for its unique foliage. Variegated red, brown, pink, cream and green lily pads are quite attractive in the water garden. A moderately strong bloomer with a slight scent. Very unusual.



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  2. Quick view Hollandia Water Lily

    Hollandia (Darwin)

    Regular Price: $24.95

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    Large, light pink double flowers have a slight fragrance.  Hollandia is a very good blooming hardy water lily. The peony-shaped blooms are 5-6 inches in diameter and have 35 to 36 petals. A good choice for medium to large ponds.

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  3. Quick view Firecrest Water Lily

    Firecrest

    $23.95

    Rich pink, slightly fragrant, cup-shaped flowers are held above the water. Firecrest has deep green lily pads. This pink hardy water lily will grow well in a natural pond in deeper water up to 36".

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  4. Quick view Mayla Water Lily

    Mayla

    $26.95

    Mayla has large, double, fuchsia pink flowers. It is our best selling pink hardy water lily. Lily pads are a deep green. Plant in a large container for optimum performance.

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  5. Quick view Perry's Fire Opal

    Perry's Fire Opal

    $28.95

    You will enjoy plenty of flowers with this hardy pink water lily. Perry's Fire Opal has fuchsia-pink double flowers with green lily pads. Use a large planting container to enhance performance.

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  6. Quick view Denver Water Lily

    Denver

    $24.95

    Enjoy many creamy white, peony shaped flowers with this hardy white water lily. Denver is free flowering and the blooms stay open later in the day. Lily pads are green with a red tint at the edge. 

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  7. Quick view Albatros Water Lily

    Albatros

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    Albatros has beautiful, star-shaped, snow white flowers. A free flowering hardy white water lily, it will perform well in full sun or partial shade. The new foliage is deep burgundy and turns a deep olive green as it matures. Flowers stay open later in the day.

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  8. Quick view Escarboucle - Aflame Water Lily

    Aflame (Escarboucle)

    $28.95

    Aflame red hardy water lily has cup-shaped, 6" to 7" deep cherry-red flowers. Also known as Escarboucle, it is very free flowering all season long. Lily pads are green and the fragrant  flowers stay open later in the day. A good choice for medium to large ponds.

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  9. Quick view Almost Black Water Lily

    Almost Black

    $29.95

    Almost Black hardy water lily has very dark red,  peony shaped blooms and is nearly black at the flowers center. This striking water lily is very free flowering and has a slight fragrance.  Lily pad leaves are a dark green. A good choice for medium to large ponds.

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  10. Quick view Bernice Ikins Water Lily

    Bernice Ikins

    $29.95

    Bernice Ikins is a very heavily scented large hardy water lily with uniform dark pink to red flowers. The new leaves are dark red and mature to dark green.

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  11. Quick view Black Princess Water Lily

    Black Princess

    $37.95

    Black Princess is a magnificent lily for any water garden. By the third day the 5" - 6" flower is a deep reddish black. Black Princess hardy water lily is a prolific bloomer all season long.

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  12. Quick view Burgundy Princess Water Lily

    Burgundy Princess

    $28.95

    Burgundy Princess is a medium sized water lily that features dark red, cup shaped blooms that get darker towards the center of the flower. This red hardy water lily features dark green lily pads and makes an excellent centerpiece for any size pond.

     

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  13. Quick view James Brydon Water Lily

    James Brydon

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    This beautiful red hardy water lily has 4" to 6" peony-shaped blossoms that have a sweet apple scent. Lily pads are green. James Brydon hardy water lily is one of the few red hardy water lilies that will tolerate partial shade. It is a good choice for tub gardens as well as larger ponds and water gardens.

     

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  14. Quick view Laydekeri Fulgens Water Lily

    Laydekeri Fulgens

    $28.95

    Laydekeri Fulgens is a magnificent lily with a long blooming season. This red hardy water lily is one of the first to bloom in the spring and will continue blooming late into the fall. It is very free flowering and has dark green lily pads. Learn More
  15. Quick view Perry's Baby Red Water Lily

    Perry's Baby Red

    $28.95

    Perry's Baby Red is an outstanding small red water lily. This small red hardy water lily has deep red flowers with medium to dark green lily pads.It is very free flowering and has a slight fragrance. A perfect water lily for small ponds or container water gardening.

     

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