An easy and inexpensive way to spice up a corner of your yard, patio or porch is to add a small water feature. There are options for every homeowner to add another dimension to your Spring and Summer flower garden. Just add a container garden.
Small ponds and container gardens are some of the loveliest (and easiest) water features to grow and maintain. Any container, whether it be an old wash tub or half a whiskey barrel, will make an excellent container garden. Make sure you can add a liner to keep the water contained. Add water and check for leaks. Once you are certain that your container is leak-proof, you are ready to choose some plants. Lets start with the dwarf to small water lilies. These plants are hardy but small, making them the perfect plants to use in your small water feature.
Some of the varieties of small to dwarf water lilies are:
Perry’s Baby Red-a wine red flower that’s sure to please, free flowering 3-3.5″ cup shaped flowers with slight fragrance.heart shaped green leaves, newest leaves purple.
Ellisiana-a lovely brilliant red, with rich golden centers, flowers are 4-5″, with a strong fragrance. Simply supurb!
Helvola-small 2-3″ cup-like,yellow flowers, bright and cheerful, very free flowering, slight fragrance
Joanne Pring-small, dainty, 3-4″ pink flowers, golden to orange centers, cuplike flowers with slight fragrance
Tetragonna-(dwarf) smallest of all water lilies, very pretty miniature white blooms with yellow centers, small cup-like 1-2″ flowers. Slight fragrance.
Mexicana pygmy-small lovely deep yellow 3-4″ cuplike flowers. Leaves are green to olive. Very sweet fragrance
Laydekeri Fulgens-small but beautiful burgandy-red, free flowering blooms, deep orange-red centers, flowers are 5″ with slight fragrance.
Laydekeri Lilacia-very free flowering lilac-pink blooms with deep yellow centers, flowers are 2.5-3.5″ and cup-like with slight fragrance.
Burgandy Princess-intense, rich vibrant red with golden-yellow stamens. 2-4″ cuplike flowers, slight fragrance.
Berit Strawn-free flowering , deep peach with bright yellow centers, 3-4″ flowers with a pleasing fragrance.
Aurora-small, changeable lily, yellow-apricot to orange-red, 4-5″ flowers with slight fragrance
Little Sue-small, pretty peach blooms
Your dwarf to small water lilies will have to be potted. A one gallon container or (squat pot )should do the trick. Use backyard soil (clay soil is fine) or topsoil. Do not use potting soil or kitty litter as these are not the appropriate medium for water lilies!
Once you have chosen a small water lily or two for your small water feature, you might like to add some other small plants to add interest. Some small plants you can add are parrots feather, water lettuce, mosiac plant, snowflakes, or dwarf papyrus. There are many other plants you can add, just use your imagination!