We are fully loaded at our retail location located at 4385 W 247th St. Louisburg, Ks, with a full line of Hardy and Tropical lilies, Hardy and Tropical Lilies, Oxygenators, Floaters and more. Come out and see our huge selection. Also have some landscape plants available for planting around the pond. See our Aquatic page for pictures of some of the flowers you can choose from. Availability can vary. (We just can not sell over the internet at this time.
Water Lilies in the Pond
The Old, the New and the Most Unique
The most recognizable aquatic plant is the water lily with its floating pads floating on the water’s surface. They are adaptable to almost any water garden.
The lily pads are attached to long stems connecting to the root tubers. Lilies prefer full sun to flourish and bloom from May to Sept. There are a few exceptions, such as, the night blooming tropical that can take full shade. By fertilizing them during the season, you can promote even more blooms.
Some of the oldest hybridized lilies are some of the most well-known and reliable bloomers. They are:
1. Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Albida’, a cup-like, white lily with green leaf pads. Hybridized by Marliac in 1880.
2. Nymphaea ‘Chromatella’ Small, soft yellow cup-shaped blossoms. Green mottled leaves. Fragrant. Good bloomer. Tolerates partial shade. Hybridized by Marliac in 1887.
3. Nymphaea ‘Sunrise’ Giant canary yellow blossoms. Petals are long, narrow and curve slightly inward. Leaves are dark green. Flower shape is star-like. Hybridized by Marliac in 1888.
4. Nymphaea ‘Laydekeri Fulgens’ Magnificent glowing red blooms. With fiery red stamens. Reddish brown flecks on dark green leaves. Cup-like blooms. Hybridized in 1895.
5. Nymphaea ‘Gloriosa’ has cup-like, bright red flowers and lush green foliage. Hybridized in 1896.
6. Nymphaea ‘Pink Beauty’ Cup shaped flowers of medium pink and round green leaves. Hybridied in 1899.
Some of the newest water lilies coming on the market soon are:
1. Tropical Lily Nymphaea ‘Plum Crazy’ was awarded the Best New Tropical Waterlily of 2013, it was given the highest honors of Best New Waterlily of 2013 beating the other competitors from all over the globe and in all four different water lily categories. The flower is exceptionally full of petals with over 100 petals. The purple color is quite eye catching. Not many waterlilies on the market have such a full flower. Not only is the flower spectacular, but the foliage is quite stunning also. Green lily pads striped with maroon make for a very attractive appearance.
7. Nymphaea ‘Purple Fantasy’ The first ever dark purple HARDY water lily was hybridized by FAN and will be released hopefully to the market this year, 2015 (Patent pending). N. ‘Purple Fantasy’ won best in its class and 2nd best overall in the 2013 IWGS Best new Waterlily Competition held in Denver last year. N. ‘Purple Fantasy’ is a real performer with numerous blooms on any given day. The deep purple flowers on the deep green pads makes for a real eye catcher. So this lily is not only one of the newest coming on the market but also truly unique!
Last but not least is not only one of the most unique water lilies but also one of the oldest. The giant water lily Victoria ‘Amazonia’. The giant lilies scientific name was added in 1837 as a tribute to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom by botanist John Lindley after bringing back from the Amazon.
Its large pads can get to 4-6 feet or larger in diameter edged with 2-4” rims surrounding the edges of the pad. The pineapple-scented night blooming flowers can get 9-12 “. They start out white on the first day, pink on the 2nd and darker pink on the 3rd day. They usually bloom July and Aug. Prefer water temperatures over 75 degrees.
This lily is however is way too large for most ponds, so there is a smaller version, Victoria cruziana. It will grow in cooler water temperatures. The cruziana is native to Argentina and Paraguay and was discovered in Bolivia by Alcide d’Orbigny who was sponsored by Andres de Santa Cruz and was named after Santa Cruz by Alcides brother, Charles Henry Dessalines d’Orbigny. Its leaf pads can get to 2-3 ft but will probably not reach its potential of 4-5’ because of our shorter summer season. It works great in larger water gardens, large farm ponds or small lakes.