What You Need:
here: water lily, parrot feather,
cattail, and water hyacinth.
- Water-tight container at least 24 inches across (shown, 2 feet wide and 3 feet long)
- Dwarf cattail
- Water lily 'Helvola'
- Parrot feather
- Water hyacinths
- Small pots (for plants needing to be transplanted)
- Plastic mulch
- Topsoil or dirt (not potting soil)
- Goldfish (if desired)
water lily ideal for a
All container gardens, including water gardens, look showiest when they bring together a variety of plants. Choose a tall plant for drama and height, a flowering plant for color, a trailing plant to extend the show outside the container, and floating plants to fill the gaps.
When you buy a water lily in spring, it may have begun to grow. Handle it carefully to preserve the leaves.
If you know your dirt is poor, add a spoonful of slow-release fertilizer.