Life Aquatic

South Africa is lucky to have several indigenous water lily species. Here’s how to care for these aquatic plants.

Water lilies flourish in warm, sunny conditions. Plant your flowers in the sunniest spot in the pond to make sure that they thrive.

Introduce a new plant in stages. Never plunge a young plant into deep water.

Avoid water features, fountains or pumps. Water lilies hate being splashed.

Pot the plants in mesh, using planting baskets or crates.

Use a heavy loam soil. Don’t use a light, sandy, or chalky soil.

With its water-lily-clad dams and waterfalls, a verdant garden strikes the balance between wild and tamed. Explore it here.