SUITABLE WATER PLANTS
All water lilies (Nymphaea sp.) will grow in a container. Some smaller varieties include Nymphaea ‘Perry’s Baby Red’ (deep red), N. ‘Walter Pagels’ (ivory) and N. ‘Helvola’ (yellow).
Dwarf cattail (Typha minima)
Dwarf papyrus (Cyperus prolifer)
Morning star sedge (Carex grayi)
Corkscrew rush (Juncus effusus ‘Spiralis’)
Imperial taro (Colocasia antiquorum)
Marsh lobelia (Lobelia anceps)
Star grass (Dichromena colorata)
Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)
Tape grass (Vallisneriaspiralis) to oxygenate the water.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Place the container in an area that receives full sun or a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight a day.
Keep the water topped up.
Prune out dead leaves and excessive growth.
Lift the plants in their containers and feed them with slow-release fertiliser sticks (just push them into the soil) or bonemeal (dig a hole in the soil, add the bonemeal and fill the hole with soil). Water lilies are greedy feeders and can be fertilised as often as once a month throughout summer to encourage repeat flowering.
As water lilies are dormant in winter, replace them with Cape waterblommetjies (Aponogeton distachyos) in the cooler months for year-round interest.
This is undoubtedly one of the best trailing evergreen groundcovers for frost-free areas. A prolific bloomer, it’s heat tolerant and produces a continuous display of new flowers. Look out for â˜Blue Daze’ and new â˜Blue My Mind’.
Growing tips: Full sun and free-draining sandy soil or loam are best. Half hardy, it loves the heat and likes water during the summer growing season, but don’t overwater.