We consider these water plants to be the pearls of the pool. Hardy water lilies (Nymphaea) are rightly prized for the beauty of their blooms and their heart shaped floating leaves.
The flowers come in a wide range of colours from pale pink through to the darkest of reds, white, yellow and orange. The colour of some alter becoming deeper as they age. All varieties of water lily bloom throughout the summer months. Starting in June the flowers are produced in succession through to September.
Water lilies are available to suit the tiniest of pools up to the largest lake. The smallest dwarf lily can be grown in as little as four inches depth of water with a spread of as little as one foot. While the largest can grow in five feet of water and reach five feet across.
Apart from their beauty and lovely scent, water lilies provide much needed shade for fish and their spawn. They help to reduce solar light levels in the pond thus leading to a reduction in the growth of algae.
When deciding which water lilies to buy consider the depth and total surface area of your pond. Aim to buy one or more with an eventual spread of no more than half the pond surface.
For all but the smallest species we would recommend a planting basket of at least 22cm across.
We ship all lilies bare root, this means that we wash the soil off before packing plants. During the summer months we may need to trim some of the foliage back for shipping.