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Colorado Hardy Water Lily
Colorado hardy waterlily is a very vigorous grower having multiple salmon colored blooms open at the same time. New lily pads are mottled with burgundy, maturing to green. This hardy peach/orange water lily has a long blooming season and is somewhat shade tolerant. A good choice for medium to large ponds.
Joey Tomocik Water Lily
This shade tolerant hardy water lily is hard to beat with it’s bright yellow, lemon scented blooms which stay open late into the day. With blooms standing 3 to 6 inches above the water, and lightly dappled lily pads, the Joey Tomocik Yellow Hardy Water Lily is perfect for water gardens, or ponds of all sizes.
This member of the Buttercup family is a succulent with heart shaped, glossy leaves. It prefers moist to wet soil and goes dormant after blooming.
Height: 1-2 feet
Flowers: Yellow buttercups from March to May
Black Gamecock Iris
Black Gamecock Louisiana Iris is always a customer favorite! This deep-purple iris has stunning, velvety, purple flowers with bright-gold signals and grows to 20 inches tall. A rich and exotic look for your springtime, water garden feature or your terrestrial garden. Black Gamecock Louisiana Iris has green, sword-like foliage that stays nice all summer long. Blooms early to late spring, depending on zone.
Lysimachia Aurea is one of the fastest growing evergreen groundcovers.
Place creeping Jenny or moneywort in sun, shade, part sun. It will thrive anywhere! Select a spot where it can be left alone to spread along the edge of streams or ponds or as a small-scale lawn substitute where it can tolerate moderate foot traffic.
Creeping Jenny penny-sized gold leaves freely root at the nodes. Small, buttercup yellow flowers add pleasing contrast in summer.
Lysimachia makes a perfect blanket of gold beneath hydrangea or shrubs. Use as carpet beneath hostas, hardy ferns, hellebore& other shade plants! Simple & easy in containers.
Special features: Cold hardy, Disease resistant, Easy care, Evergreen, Foliage interest, Moisture tolerant, Multi-season interest, Season extender, Tolerates foot traffic
Blue Water Forget-Me-Not
Aquatic, blue Forget Me Nots (Myosotis scorpioides) have tiny, sweet, blue blooms and delightful, airy, green foliage. Forget Me Nots grow beautifully in containers or baskets at the base of a waterfall, on stream beds or at the edge of a pond to soften the rockery. These heavenly- hued beauties are one of the prettiest plants for your pond! Myosotis scorpioides can grow in or out of the water as long as they are well watered and not in full sun through the summer.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CARING FOR LILIES:
Dividing and re-potting
- Every 2 or 3 years the lilies will need to be divided. A plastic container will begin to bulge – giving you this reminder to this. If they are not divided and re-potted, they will grow right out of the pot, or be root bound and produce less flowers.
- Take the pot out of the pond and hose off the soil. You will be able to see that there are different rhizomes. You’ll need to cut these into separate pieces, keeping the most healthy looking ones and discarding the others.
- Re-pot the ones you are keeping, using regular garden soil, not potting soil and stay away from too many wood chips in the dirt as they will just float right up. Put some gravel on top of the soil to weigh it down and put it back in the pond by tilting the pot to one side to allow the water to slowly seep into the pot.
- Make sure the lily pad rhizome and the leaves are not dry for more than a few minutes.
- Lilies do well with fertilizer.
- Add fertilizer tabs every 4 to 6 weeks or use a slow release lily pad fertilizer.
- Push the fertilizer tabs down in the soil so they are near the bottom of the roots.
- Sometimes koi will burrow into the gravel and soil of a lily and uproot them. Try putting some larger cobble over the soil to deter fish.
- If koi are eating your lilies you may need to offer them other plants to nibble on like floating hyacinth.
- If you need to protect the lily plant from the fish, there are these specialized nets that float at the top to protect lilies. They are floating plant protectors by Nycon.
Hardy water lilies will over winter in the pond as long as they are deep enough that they do not freeze. Generally they prefer to be 24 inches down, but they can be moved to the bottom of a 36 inch pond for the winter and brought back up in the spring.