Water Lilies


There appears to be a lot of confusion regarding the best choice of lilies, so for 2018 I have re-designed my water lily pages to display a size based format, i.e. first you choose the type of lily based on the size it will eventually grow to, and then select by colour or variety. The size categories for named varieties are Pygmy, Small, Medium and Large and their characteristics are explained below and on the listing pages. Depths given are from the crown of the plant (usually this is the same as the top of the basket) to water level. Budget lilies are categorised separately.

My lilies are sent bare root as standard between April and August. Pygmy lilies are taken out of 1 or sometimes 2 litre pots. Budget lilies come as a choice of 1 litre or 3 litre equivalent size, and all the rest are equivalent 3 litre size. I can send lilies established and rooted in pots; since they are heavy and fragile the cost of packaging and carriage will be considerably higher, generally about the same as the cost of the lily itself, please enquire if this is what you want.

I am often asked for large and mature specimens and I do keep some in 30 litre pots for instant impact. They weigh 60-70kg each and so can only be delivered on pallets, this only makes economic sense if you need quite a number. Mostly you would be better off buying standard sized plants and potting on into bigger pots at your end. Delayed gratification!Irrespective of their final size, ALL small to large type water lilies are best started off in a shallow, warm location, no more than 40cm deep, until roots are observed growing through the sides of the mesh pot. They can then be moved to their final location at a depth corresponding to the range stated on their description.

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Are very tiny and only suitable for shallow containers in full sun with little or no competition. Plant with 10-20cm of water over the crown and use 2 litre baskets. Not recommended for beginners as they are weak and can be quite tricky. For small garden ponds you would almost certainly be better advised to choose a Small lily.
Perfect for small and shallow ponds and should be planted 20-40cm deep in 3 to 5 litre baskets. Will cover about 0.5 metre squared in 2 years.
These suit the majority of garden ponds and should be planted 30-50cm deep in 3 to 10 litre baskets. These will cover about 1 msq in 2 years
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These are big varieties suitable for naturalising in earth bottomed ponds and lakes or large 25-40 litre baskets in big liner ponds. These are suitable for 60-100cm depth and will cover 2-3 msq in 2 years.
are mostly derived from pond clearance jobs, so it can be assumed that they will generally be fairly vigorous medium or large types – we don’t know the actual variety, just the colour. Where the colour is also unknown the lily is sold as “Lucky Dip” and will be the cheapest option. Budget lilies represent an economical solution if you’re not fussy about the exact variety.
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