Peaches and Cream Water Lilies Brighten Up Backyard Water Features
The glassy surfaces of ponds and reflecting pools are nice additions to backyard landscaping. If your garden decor includes such a water feature, you'll be able to add some pizzazz by planting water lilies. The beautiful blooms emerge in a rainbow of colors along with the green expanses of lily pads, making an altogether lovely scene. (Monet loved them, and we do too!) Some of our favorites to see blooming in the wild—or cultivated by gardeners—are peaches and cream water lilies, which produce pretty peachy blossoms in their watery environs.
Nymphea 'Peaches and Cream' is a fragrant water lily that blooms in a beautiful color gradient. Its peachy pink outer petals open to creamy yellow centers, and the blooms resemble peonies. It's a hardy water lily that has abundant petals and deep green lily pads that are speckled with purple when first planted. It is a free-flowering waterlily that blooms from midsummer to early fall—usually June through September—and produces flowers that are 6 to 8 inches in size and have 32 to 37 petals per bloom. The plant itself spreads from 4 to 6 feet across the surface of the water in which it's planted. 'Peaches and Cream' water lilies thrive in full sun or partial shade. It's also versatile and can adapt to different sizes of ponds, lakes, and pools, but it needs a water depth of 6 to 48 inches, with deeper waters for more mature water lilies.
Hardy water lilies are some of the easier kinds to plant and care for. 'Peaches and Cream' water lilies are easy to plant, making them great for beginners. To ensure they thrive, The Southern Living Garden Book recommends gardeners "plant them from February to October in mild-winter areas, from April to July in cold-winter regions." To plant, you should "set 6 inches-long pieces of rhizome on soil at pool bottom or in boxes, placing rhizome in a nearly horizontal position with its bud end up. In either case, top of soil should be 8-12 inches below surface of water." They require occasional fertilization and should be kept tidy by removing spent leaves and blossoms. In winter, cover the pond or add more water in order to protect the plants.
For more information about water lilies and to learn how to plant them, read on here. If you have a pond or reflecting pool in your yard, add some extra interest by adorning them with water lilies.
What plants are blooming in your area this season? Have you encountered any water lilies in the wild recently?