At first it might seem strange to have a water garden in the desert, but the topography of the Truckee Meadows actually includes wetlands created by the runoff from the western Sierra. Even today wetlands remain, although as our cultural expansion continues, water rich space becomes more and more scarce and difficult to find.
Small water gardens
don't have to be huge water drains. In fact, if set up properly, water use can be relatively low since the correct placement of your water garden can optimize use by helping decrease evaporation.
Water gardens can help create a feeling of oasis in your yard. Plus, it's fun to tend to a whole different set of interesting plants, including the spectacular flowering plants like the hardy deep water lilies. These flowers come in white, red, pink, orange and yellow. They open in the morning and close up at night and last for days. You can also raise fish and snails in your water garden which help to oxygenate the water and keep check on green algae.
We carry a nice selection of water plants that spans the entire range of what a good water garden calls for. From marginal plants for the shallow edges, to the oxygenators that help keep the water clean and clear, to the deep water Lilies.
Our selection includes:
Our hardy Water Lilies include Attraction, Chronatella, and Red Spider.
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If grown at the proper depth, Water Lilies can actually winter over outside. At a depth of 18 inches, even if the pond or garden freezes, the ice will not be to a depth that will harm the plants.