Marliacea Albida requires only a couple of hours of sunlight to look its best.
Introduced relatively recently, Joanne Pring offers a rich, warm
touch of color.
or near the water surface. Some
of Strawn’s cultivars hold their
flowers well above the surface in
a manner more reminiscent of the
tropical lilies, as this was one of
his intentions in developing new
forms. In general, hardy lily flowers
open in midmorning and close by
Hardy lilies are so called because
of their ability to survive in the
pond over winter. If your pond is
deep enough that it will not freeze
solid, the containers holding
the lilies can be dropped to the
bottom of the pond sometime
in late fall. When the water
temperature increases to the 50s
in spring, they can be lifted back
to their regular position.
will frequently be the first lily to
flower in the spring and the last
still flowering in the fall.
Clyde Ikins reaches a grand scale and carries a sweet smell.
Comanche is the first
changeable lily in the countdown.
The 3- to 4-inch-diameter flowers
are a different color each day,
starting out a yellowy apricot,
then moving through a somewhat
gold-tinged orange on their way
to a final shade of deep orange.
The pads are a deep green. The
plant grows to a diameter of 3 to
5 feet, depending on the space
available, so it is suitable for
culture in small water gardens
or tubs. It was introduced by
Marliac in 1908.
Top 10 Hardy Water Lilies
Chromatella is one of the classic
yellow hardy lilies. It was developed by
Marliac sometime in the 1880s. Its date of
introduction is listed by the International
Water Lily Society as 1888, but it is known
that he sent one to the Kew Royal Botanic
Gardens in 1887.
The olive pads are mottled with a purplish
bronze pattern. The flowers are solid yellow
and can be up to 5½ inches in diameter.
The plant grows up to 6 feet in diameter,
but its growth can be limited by planting
it in smaller water gardens and even tub
gardens. In tighter surroundings, the plant
may only grow to 3 feet in diameter.
Sioux is a changeable lily that was also
introduced by Marliac in 1908. The 3- to
4-inch flowers stay open later in the day
than most other hardy lilies. They start out
yellow, change to deep orange, and then
to a beautiful coppery red. The pads are
bronze and green. Growth is typically up to
5 feet in diameter, but it can be limited by
small containers and is suitable for growing
in small water gardens and tubs. In larger
ponds, some specimens will grow larger