Growing guide

How to grow waterlilies

Turn your pond into a picturesque Monet-inspired masterpiece with this popular aquatic plant. Its elegant bowl-shaped blooms appear in summer, while its distinctive circular lily pads spread across the water's surface, providing valuable shelter for aquatic wildlife.

Quick facts

  • Popular pond plant 
  • Available in a range of sizes
  • Flowers in summer
  • Plant in late spring and summer
  • Like sun and still water
  • Most are hardy

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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