The International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) is pleased to present three exceptional choices for Aquatic Plants of the Year for 2011. By featuring some of the best plants obtainable, the IWGS hopes to increase each pond owner’s satisfaction and enjoyment in the beauty of their pond environment. One plant from each of three categories is selected; a hardy waterlily, tropical waterlily, and a marginal aquatic plant. This year’s winners include Nymphaea ‘Perry’s Double White,’ Nymphaea ‘Lindsay Woods,’ and Variegated Society Garlic.
Nymphaea ‘Perry’s Double White’ is a hardy waterlily of distinctive appearance, with 35-45 narrow petals on pure white flowers. A medium-size, regular bloomer, it has a compact habit and bright green leaves, which often have a bronze tinge when young.
Nymphaea ‘Lindsey Woods’ is a deep purple, tropical day-blooming waterlily of exceptional beauty. The buds are purple/black with new leaves emerging deep purple and gradually maturing to slightly speckled, deep green leaves. ‘Lindsey Woods’ performs well, producing abundant flowers and blooming steadily in southern climates as well as those further north. A cultivar from Nelson Water Gardens, ‘Lindsay Woods’ was introduced in 2000 in memory of a young girl who lost her battle to cancer. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each lily goes to the Children’s Hospital of Texas.
Variegated Society Garlic, Tulbaghia violacea variegate, is a tropical marginal that also grows well in terrestrial gardens. It produces groups of dainty, lilac flowers for several months and is one of the best blooming marginals. The elegant green and white narrow leaves reach heights about a foot tall under the flower stalk, which can reach almost two feet.
These widely available plants are chosen by IWGS experts from around the world based on their outstanding appearance and reliable performance over a wide variety of zones and conditions.