Water Lilies

Add these to your gardens to enjoy a display of flowers from May through September. Each flower lasts about four days, opening and closing daily. Many of our cultivars will produce several flowers at a time. The floating leaves provide shade to the water below, a main contributing factor to the balance of the pond. In the winter, the leaves die back and the plant remains dormant until spring. In smaller ponds, mix the varieties for an interesting display. In larger ponds, use several of the same variety to achieve a mass effect.

Note: The size of your water lily will vary according to container size, fertilization and amount of sunlight. The sizes shown under each description are what the cultivar will do planted in a container. The deeper the container is in the water and the larger the container, the larger the plant will grow. A plant that is planted in a soil bottom pond will be significantly larger (2 to 4 times or more) since the root system is not limited.

Most water gardens in zone 6 are 18 to 24 inches deep. Lilies are left at the bottom year round. Water lilies must have 10 inches of water or more over the soil surface in order to flower well.

Soil bottom ponds can be planted in depths of 2 to 4 feet with most varieties except smaller ones. For mass plantings, space each lily 5 to 10 feet apart.

All plants for pick-up at our nursery are grown in 1 gallon pots. They will need to be re-potted for maximum growth potential. Bare root plants are shipped April – October by UPS. Potted plants can be purchased at our nursery year round. Bare root plants are available for pick up only with 48 hours notice.