Icing The Cake
by Nellie Neal
peaks everyoneís interest in the water garden when its cooling sounds
break through the heat and truly soothe the soul. Flowers in and around
the pool complete the scene to brighten the cool greens and blues of the
water and texture plants. As sunlight fades, colorful flowers glow. Some
even yield cut flowers for your table.
youíve placed submerged plants and created an attractive edge with
marginal and floating plants, the water garden needs hardy and tropical
lilies, classic lotus, or water hyacinths. With five or six hours of
sunlight you can grow the most popular flowering water plants.
lilies need still water, about one foot of water over the rootstock, and
will grow year round in zones 3-11. They bloom just above their rounded
leaves in the daytime, many with delicious fragrance, and are evergreen in
frost free areas.
lilies like the same growing conditions as their hardy cousins, but cannot
survive water temperatures below seventy degrees. Their flowers rise on
tall stems and both day and night blooming varieties are deeply fragrant.
You can overwinter tropical lilies: most gardeners purchase new ones each
come in a wide range of colors, but if your taste runs to white, pink, or
yellow, and summers are warm where you live, donít overlook lotuses.
Vigorous clumps of leaves give rise to the waxy flowers famous in oriental
art. Contain them in large pond pots with two to four inches of water over
hyacinths offer dramatic lavendar flower spikes, as well as hard-working
roots that efficiently clean your pond. They are tropicals that are best
grown in northern gardens because of their invasive properties. They
cannot be shipped from state to state, but are locally available across
plants like tall irises and palms work with the plants at pondís margin
to blend the water garden into the surrounding landscape. Adding flowering
plants to the edge of the pond works like icing on a cake to beautify the