Waterlilies grace most of the ponds, lakes, lagoons or rivers of the world and have been featured in artworks of ancient Egypt, China and India to the like of Monet. Waterlilies carry their leaves on the water surface and flowers above the water, whilst their roots grow in mud at the base of the pond Paul Plant explains how to grow these plants in the average home garden.
n the garden, waterlilies are often added to ponds or water-pots to add a
new ‘tropical’ feature. Many tropical gardens have waterlily pots that you can walk past to appreciate the delicate beauty and perfume as you meander through the garden.
Gardens and properties with ponds or dams can reduce their water loss through evaporation by planting waterlilies. By having leaves that span the surface area of the water, evaporation is reduced. This also aids in balancing the water temperature by deflecting and intercepting solar radiation, which in turn provides a more stable environment for fish, frogs and other creatures that live in the dam. Not only does a dam owner gain these environmental benefits, they are rewarded with highly attractive flowers that help feed bees and other insects that in turn enhance the cycle of life.
Waterlilies are often separated into two basic groups: tropical and hardy.
Tropical waterlilies are the best for warmer climates and produce the greatest quantity of flowers. These flowers appear on stems above the water and are usually heavily perfumed. They produce a potato like corm to carry them through winter.
Hardy waterlilies are waterlilies that originate in cooler climates. The flowers tend to occur on the surface of the water.