Are you into little water gardens in a big way? Water plants, or plants that have adapted to living in aquatic environments, are now available in both hardy and tropical varieties and in various sizes at Christianson’s Nursery.
What’s the difference between hardy and tropical water plants?
Water lilies, cattails, iris, pickerel weed are examples of hardy water plant varieties. Some, like water lilies, live submerged, whereas others prefer shallow water just over their roots. The hardy water plants are like other hardy perennials and can be left outside year-round.
Tropical water plants are considered annuals, such as the exotic Lotus, that don’t like freezing temperatures and should be brought indoors and cared for as a houseplant or stay in a warm bucket or tub over winter. Tropical water plants also need heat to get going in the spring.
Small-container water gardens are actually a collection of submerged potted plants, so redesigning a planting can be as simple as moving the pots around. A teacup, old trough, or a half whiskey barrel can house a water garden as exciting as a botanic garden. Small water gardens and features permit you to get close enough to really appreciate the intriguing foliage of the aquatic plants, their spectacular flowers, and their sometimes vibrant scents.
Check out our specials here https://www.christiansonsnursery.com/events/sales-events/ for more details and when visiting, view our entire selection of water plants in the Front Greenhouse.
Co-authors Becky Paulik and Stephanie Banaszak