Shade Tolerant Waterlilies
Spring and summer have been extremely busy. Our ponds and plants have been up and running for a few months and most of our plants and flowers are at their peak. I would like to share some pictures with you and talk about some of our waterlilies that are wonderful plants and tremendous bloomers, and they are shade tolerant!
The following waterlilies can get as little as 4 hours of direct sunlight each day and still bloom beautifully over the summer months!
Colorado Waterlily-A hardy waterlily with scrumptious peachy-pink flowers and slightly mottled pads on this vigorous grower. Spread will be about 4' in diameter or larger. This wonderful waterlily specimen blooms and blooms and blooms, from May until September, depending on zone. Plant Colorado Waterlily 1-2' beneath the surface of the water in full sun to part shade. (Don't worry, Colorado will do just fine with as little as 4 hours of sunlight each day). Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer during the growing and blooming season. Stop fertilizing in late July or early August so plant can begin to get ready for winter.
Clyde Ikins Waterlily-Sumptuous apricot blooms adorn this beautiful hardy waterlily. Flowers start out in rich-yellow shades and mature into the apricot blooms you see in the picture. The large cup shaped blooms, Measuring 4-6", are beautifully formed and seem to float effortlessly on the surface of the water. Lightly variegated leaves mature to green. Clyde Ikins Waterlily will have a 3-6' spread and flowers will bloom through September, depending on zone. Plant this dependable bloomer 6-36" beneath the surface of the water. Fertilize every three weeks with Waterlily World Plant Tabs or Landon's slow release granular fertilizer. Part shade-part sun, (allow at least 4 hours of sunlight). Plant in large container using heavy loam soil.
Texas Dawn Waterlily-Bright-yellow flowers on this reliable waterlily from Hybridizer, Ken Landon. The spectacular blooms are held regally above the beautifully mottled foliage. Intense yellow petals and stamens are simply stunning and will bring sunshine to a part sun pond or water garden. This heavy blooming waterlily is hardy and can be planted 6-36" beneath the surface of the water in large pots containing heavy loam soil. Fertilize every three weeks with Waterlily World Pond Tabs or use Landon's, slow release, granular fertilizer. Texas Dawn Waterlily will bloom beautifully with as little as 4 hours of sunlight each day.
Lemon Meringue Waterlily- Simply luscious shade of yellow chiffon on this mouthwatering specimen from Hybridizer, G. Tony Moore. This hardy waterlily will give you bloom after incredible bloom all summer long! The multi petaled, double flowers on this magnificent waterlily are free-flowering and absolutely elegant! Lily pads are flecked. Blooms from May til frost, depending on zone. Plant this spectacular hardy waterlily 1-3' beneath the surface of the water, use heavy loam soil and fertilize every three weeks during the growing/blooming season. Stop fertilizing in August as the plant will ready itself for winter. You can plant this waterlily in full sun but it will bloom beautifully with 4 hours of sunlight per day.
Citrus Twist Waterlily-Shades of citrusy lemon-yellow and pastel pink combine to give this hardy waterlily a perfect combination of color. The perfectly formed flowers are 4-5" across and simply divine. Plant this exquisite specimen, from Hybridizer, G.Tony Moore, 1-3' beneath the surface of the water in a large container using heavy loam soil. This dazzling waterlily will bloom for you with as little as 4 hours of sunlight each day. Can be planted in full sun as well. Fertilize every three weeks during the growing/blooming season for spectacular bloom! We recommend Landon's slow release fertilizer or Waterlily World Plant Tabs with Humates.
Siam Sunset Waterlily-A remarkable waterlily with perfectly formed flowers. The colors are magnificent, from dazzling, golden center petals and all the colors of a heavenly sunset in the outer petals. A sublime combination on this exquisite specimen and complemented with ever so lightly mottled pads. Siam Sunset will grow and bloom for you with as little as 4 hours of sunlight. Place 1-2' beneath the surface of the water and fertilize every three weeks with WaterlilyWorld Plant Tabs.
Pink Lemonade Waterlily-Hybridizer, G.Tony Moore, created this delightful specimen! Pink Lemonade Waterlily is a hardy waterlily that will grow and bloom for you with as little as 4 hours of sunlight per day. Luscious, lemon-chiffon inner petals and citrusy-pink outer petals combine to give this beautifully formed, long-petaled, cup shaped flower an ethereal look! The blooms seem to "glow" on the surface of the water with the beautifully mottled pads as a perfect complement! Fertilize every three weeks with WaterlilyWorld plant tabs for beautiful blooms and robust plants!
Awesome Waterlily-Another Award Winning selection by Hybridizer, G. Tony Moore! This angelic, multi-petal, bloom is simply divine in shades of luscious peach! The beautifully formed flowers have subtly rippled petals that are darker peach at the base of the petal fading to lighter peach towards the outer petals. A work of art in your water feature this year! Place this hardy specimen 1-3' beneath the surface of the water. Deeper depths are for more mature plants. Fertilize with WaterlilyWorld Plant Tabs every three weeks for best bloom and optimum growth. Awesome Waterlily will grow and bloom with as little as 4 hours of sunlight. A heavenly delight!
Our ponds are not all located in full sun. For the ponds that have part shade, we always choose waterlilies from the list above, as we know that these tried and true waterlilies always perform. They will grow and bloom until September here in the north, or until the first frost.
We plant our waterlilies in large pots, using loam soil. We use Landon's granular fertilizer and Waterlily World Plant Tabs to keep our plants in optimum shape throughout the season. We stop fertilizing in August so that the plants can begin to prepare for the winter months.
We hope your water gardening season has been a great one as well! Enjoy!