HARDY WATER LILIES – Summer Bloomers (Balancing Plants)
Water lilies contribute to pond water balancing as they shade the water surface and prevent too much sunlight from penetrating the water to feed algae. Place water lilies in the deep part of the pond with 12″ to 18″ of water over the tops of the containers. Water lilies grow best in very still water; locate them away from waterfalls and sprayheads. Most lilies need five hours of direct sunlight per day in order to grow well and bloom; however, shade tolerant varieties are available. For best growth and blooming, fertilize with aquatic plant fertilizer, during the growing season, according to the directions on the fertilizer package. When winterizing in the fall, cut foliage 2″-3″ above the soil and remove roots that have grown out around the pot. Leave lilies in the deep section of the pond. We recommend splitting lilies in late summer. Use water gardening soil (nothing rich or lightweight) then cover the dirt with pea gravel. The water lily will be the eye catcher in your pond because of its beauty. Truly a specimen plant for the water garden!


Arc-en-Ciel Lily

Rose Arey Lily

Madame Wilfron
Gonnere Lily

Sunny Pink Lily

Perry’s Fire Opal Lily

Mayla Lily

Splendida Lily

Pink Grapefruit Lily

Barbara Dobbins Lily

Georgia Peach Lily

Mangkala Ubol Lily

Colorado Peach Lily

Attraction Lily

Charles de Meurville Lily

Rembrandt Lily

Black Princess Lily

Almost Black Lily

Caroliniana Nivae Lily

Perry’s Double White Lily

Gonnere Snowball Lily

Texas Dawn Lily

Inner Light Lily

Joey Tomocik

Spatterdock Lily
TROPICAL WATER LILIES – Summer Bloomers
Place tropical water lilies in the deep part of the pond with 12″ to 18″ of water over the tops of the containers. Most tropical lilies need five hours of direct sunlight per day in order to grow well and bloom. The best time for tropical lilies is from mid to late May through the end of September in the Cincinnati area (Zone 6). For best growth and blooming, fertilize with aquatic plant fertilizer during the growing season, according to the directions on the fertilizer package. Tropical water lilies must be brought inside for the winter months. Wait until after the second frost, but before the first hard freeze; this helps prepare the tropical lily for winter dormancy. Remove the lily tuber(s) from the pot, wash off all dirt and put it in a closed container, or plastic bag, filled with damp sand. Store it in a cool (50-55ºF), dark area. Replant the lily in the spring (in water gardening soil with pea gravel on top) and put it back into the pond when the water temperature warms to around 70ºF.


Red Flare Lily

Red Cup Lily

Mrs. George C.
Hitchcock Lily

Miami Rose Lily

Queen of Siam Lily

Green Smoke Lily

Blue Capensis Lily

Blue Colorata Lily

Star of Siam Lily

Director Moore Lily

King of Siam Lily

Midnight Serenade Lily

Purple Zanzibar Lily

Sturtevantii Lily

Evelyn Randig Lily

Hot Pink Lily
HARDY LOTUS – Summer Bloomers
The lotus is a relative of the water lily and a showpiece in the water garden. A lotus grows well with 6″ to 12″ of water over the top of the container, depending on the size of the plant. Lotuses are available in a variety of sizes and flower colors. They need at least five hours of direct sunlight per day to bloom well. For best growth and blooming, fertilize with aquatic plant fertilizer during the growing season, according to the directions on the fertilizer package. When winterizing in the fall, carefully cut all foliage off the plant and move it down to the deep section of the pond. In the Spring, wait until new leaves emerge from the plant before moving it back to its shallower place for the growing season.

Peach with Raindrops Lotus

Chawan Basu Lotus

Lutea Lotus

Mrs. Perry Slocum Lotus

Red Scarf Lotus

Momo Botan Lotus

Carolina Queen Lotus

First Lady Lotus
HARDY BOG PLANTS
These are also known as hardy marginals and will grow best in the shallow area of the pond with approximately 2″ of water over the top of the pots. Most of these plants will grow in sun or shade, but flowering plants typically need at least five hours of sunlight per day to bloom. For best growth and blooming, fertilize with aquatic plant fertilizer, during the growing season, according to the directions on the fertilizer package. Split bog plants in late summer or early fall using water gardening soil, and cover the dirt with pea gravel. For winter, cut most plants back (approximately 2″-3″ above the soil) and leave most on the shelves.Refer to the list below for special instructions on the specific plants.Some examples of Hardy Bog Plants include:


Full Eclipse Iris

Black Gamecock Iris

Blue Flag Iris

Yellow Flag Iris

Clyde Redmond Iris

Colorific Iris

Katherine Cornay Iris

Snowdrift Iris

Count Pulaski Iris

Rose Queen Iris

James Dickenson Iris

Ann Chowning Iris

Dwarf Cattail

Graceful Cattail

Variegated Cattail

Narrow Leaf Cattail

Scarlet Rose Mallow
Water Hibiscus

Dwarf Pink/White
Water Hibiscus

Curly Mint

Korean Sunrise

Water Celery

Floating Heart

Forget-Me-Not

Marsh Marigold

Golden Club

African Rose Mallow
Water Hibiscus

Lady Baltimore
Water Hibiscus

Water Mint
TROPICAL BOG PLANTS
These marginal plants will grow best in the shallow area of the pond with approximately 2″ of water over the top of the pots. Most tropical bog plants will grow in sun or shade, but flowering plants typically need at least five hours of sunlight per day to bloom. The best time for tropical bog plants is from mid to late May through the end of September in the Cincinnati area (Zone 6). For best growth and blooming, fertilize with Aquatic Plant fertilizer, according to the directions on the fertilizer package. Tropical marginals can be split and planted with the same method used for hardy bog plants.These plants can not be left outside in the winter or they will die. All tropical bog plants must be brought inside before the first frost, and treated as a houseplant, sitting in a container of water in a direct-light window. They can also be kept in a heated green house or in a warm area with a grow light overhead. In spring, allow time for the water temperature to reach 70ºF. Gradually re-introduce tropical bog plants to the outdoors prior to placing them back in the pond for the summer. Great tip: A tropical bog plant in a beautiful container in your home is a great way to preserve a piece of summer. Also, the reservoir of water provides good humidity for dry winter air.Some examples of Tropical Bog Plants include:


Umbrella Palm
Papyrus

Bluebell

Star Grass

Black Magic Taro

Imperial Taro

Mojito Taro

Mosaic Plant

Canna Bengal Tiger

Canna Longwood

Canna Australia

Canna Pink Sunburst
Marble Queen (White Summer Bloom)
Star Grass (White Summer Bloom)
Violet Stemmed TaroFLOATING PLANTS (Balancing Plants)
Floating plants contribute to pond water balancing as they shade the pond surface and prevent too much sunlight from penetrating the water to feed algae. Their root systems also act as natural filters. Yet they can be very invasive and must be trimmed back, and some of the plants discarded from time to time, as they can choke out other plants, such as water lilies. Floating plant roots are also excellent spawning grounds for fish. Floating plants are tropical plants and can not be kept outside over the winter. Typically these plants are thrown away at the end of the season, as they rarely survive indoors.Some examples of Floating Plants include:


Water Lettuce
Water Hyacinth
OXYGENATING PLANTS (Balancing Plants)
These plants are absolutely necessary for maintaining a well balanced natural ecosystem. They produce oxygen in the water and reduce the amount of algae in the pond by competing with algae for nutrients in the water. To efficiently balance a pond, it is necessary to have ten bunches of oxygenating plants for every hundred gallons of pond water. Anacharis and Hornwort are the oxygenating plants we prefer to use at Aquatic & Garden Decor. We recommend placing all of the bunches together in one area, in the deep part of the pond (18″ minimum), where the water is cooler. The plants will grow un-potted in the water; however, they must be weighted down in the deep part of the pond, or held down with a rock. If the entire plant floats to the top of the water, it will die; yet if the plants grow to the top of the water, that is fine. During the winter, these oxygenators should remain in the deep section of the pond. These are hardy in the Cincinnati area, provided the growth is cut below the freeze level. The cut clippings can be saved, bundled and anchored with a rock. Be aware, oxygenators may be eaten by fish during the winter. If your pond is not cleaned in the fall, the oxygenators can rot in the build up of muck and leaves on the bottom.Some examples of Oxygenating Plants include:

Anacharis

Hornwort
Rotala Water WisteriaAll products and accessories discussed in this tip sheet are available at Aquatic & Garden Decor.