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Can I plant water lilies in my fountain?
I have a 6 in deep by 16 in wide water feature attached to my house that was left by the last owner and I would like to use it. What do you suggested filling it with? I was hoping to put water lillies in it. Would it be deep enough? If not what would you suggest?
Water lilies should be covered by 6 inches of water, or more, so if the entire water feature is just 6 inches deep, it won't be deep enough for water lilies. You could grow floating plants such as water hyacinth and water lettuce (if your local regulations permit them). Or you could grow plants that normally grow in shallow water around the edge of water features. Examples are pickerel rush, spiral rush, papyrus, arrowhead, and ruellia.