Hardy Water Lilies are considered perennials. They require a winter dormancy period like the Tropicals do, but they fare much better at surviving colder conditions. Some of our personal favorites are also of the Hardy variety. Hardy blooms typically sit on the surface of the water, and there are only a few varieties in the Hardy category that have speckled pads.
Within the category of Hardy Water Lilies, general bloom colors range from PINK, RED, WHITE, YELLOW, SALMON, ORANGE, PEACH. There are also some ranges of changeable colors, that change as the bloom matures. Like Tropicals, there are a variety of bloom shapes to consider as well; star-shaped, multi-petal, cup-shaped.
Below is a small sampling of some of our popular Hardy varieties.
Consider these Dwarf and Small Water Lilies for your barrel size pond, a small pond or a small
Helvola Dwarf - Blooms and speckled pads are very tiny. This Lily is a true Dwarf.
Perry's Baby Red - A red multi-petal cup-shaped Water Lily. Pads are reddish when new, then they turn medium green. This little fellow is one of our favorites!
Hermine - A small hardy. Good choice for small ponds around 80 - 200 gal, with partial shade. As you can see here, this Hermine is a little too large for this barrel size pond. Hermine is considered a small Water Lily, but it CAN grow larger depending on the size of it's environment.
Some other small Water Lilies to consider in the Hardy Variety are Burgundy Princess, Gloriosa, Joanne Pring, and Pink Sparkle.