Water lilies for ponds and water gardens
Water Lilies are an essential element in any garden pond and are available for sale online. And you can get dwarf varieties suitable for growing in containers, so why not take a look.
The fragrant water lily or Nymphaea odorata is perhaps the most widely grown water lily.
Water lilies are a floating plant that grow best in slow moving water or ponds where the roots can establish in silt. Water lilies do require a fair amount of sun to grow and flower properly.
Remember that some water lilies require more warmth than others so ask before buying.
Water Lilies : Plant Profile and Growing Hints
Water Lilies are a fantastic addition to any pond, two types tropical and hardier cool climate varieties. Use an ordinary garden topsoil to pot water lilies, potting mix can be to light. Trim back the roots and remove dead leaves before planting. River pebbles placed on top of the soil can help keep the soil in place. With giant and miniature water lilies available you will be sure to find a suitable water lily for your pond.
Water lilies come from two families Nymphaeaceae and Nelumbonaceae or Lotus. Nymphaea alba is a white waterlily for cooler climates, Nymphaea 'Aussie Blue' is a blue lily suitable for tropical climates. Nelumbo nucifera is the sacred lotus of Hinduism and also Buddhism (also national flower of India)
Plant water lilies at 35 - 45cm deep with at least 1sq m of surface area for each plant. Fertilize plants regularly with a slow release fertilizer. Remember that water lilies need sun to flower properly, 6 - 8 hours a day. Water lilies flower in warmer months, a spell of cold weather during early summer can hinder flowering.
Only the smaller varieties are suited to growing in water features, so be a little careful when choosing water lilies for this use.
Water Lilies Plants are available for sale from the following nurseries and grower
YARRABEE GARDEN & IRIS
BROERSEN BULBS Pty Ltd - phone: 03 9737 9714
365-367 Monbulk Rd, Silvan, Vic., 3795
"Bulb growers since 1951. Specialising in a comprehensive range of bulbs and perennials. Strictly wholesale only. Australia wide mail order service."
GARDEN EXPRESS - phone: 1300 606 242
PROVINCIAL PLANTS and LANDSCAPES
Native grasses, sedges, rushes, lilies, wetland plants, ornamental grasses and grass trees. Contract growing available. Cells, tubes and pots. Contemporary water wise garden solutions and revegetation specialists. Unique garden décor, pots and original sculptures. Delivery available.
AQUA FLORA SOLUTIONS - phone: 0431302450
PO Box 141 Bargo NSW 2574
Specialising in edible water plants, marginals & native water plants with advanced growth sent in 75mm pots.
THE LILY LADY - phone: (02) 6568 2689
P.O. Box 426 Macksville NSW 2447
Specializing in growing a stunning selection of Hardy, Tropical & Miniature waterlilies.
BELLS WATER GARDENS - phone: 03 53 457 050, Mobile 0418 567 195
1 Campion Road, Newlyn North, 3364
Cleaning, maintaining, repairing pumps and ponds, stocking with aquatic plants & fish & building water gardens.
AQUATIC DREAMS - phone: 0400 790 509
PO Box 8018 Wynnum North, Brisbane QLD 4178
Aquatic Plants Drifwood/rock, supplements, test kits & more.
BLOOM'N GROOVY TUGUN NURSERY & AQUARIUM - phone: 07 5534 4475
491 Golden Four Drive Tugun Qld 4224
Water tolerate plants, Australian natives, plus everyones favourites. Plus water features, pond needs, fish.
CLASSIC GARDEN PRODUCTS - phone 08 9409 6101
18 Baretta Rd, Wangara, WA 6065
Fibre Glass Ponds, Water Falls, Also sell Pond Pumps Filters U/Vs Pond Fish incl Koi and Pond Plants
WATERGARDEN PARADISE - (02) 9727 2622
PO Box 7039 Bass Hill NSW 2197
Growers and propagators of waterlilies, lotus, native and non-native aquatic plants.
AUSTRAL WATERGARDENS - (02) 99857370
1295 Pacific Hwy Cowan NSW 2081
Waterlilies, water iris, lotus, aquatic plants, fish, pond liners, ponds, water bowls,pumps 7 statues.
WATERLILYACRES phone: 07-55590323
14 Tobermory Court Merrimac Queensland 4226
Watergardens offering mail order and personal consultations to properties around Gold Coast region.
DRAGONFLY AQUATICS - (03) 5236 6320
RMB AB 366 Colac VIC 3249
Aquatic and wetland plants. Waterlilies, cold tolerant lotuses, true water irises, pitcher plants.
NEWPORT LAKES NATIVE NURSERY (03) 93910044
2 MARGARET ST NEWPORT (enter via Newport Lakes Reserve)
Indigenous Aquatic Plants