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Water Lilies For Shaded Ponds

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Water Lilies For Shaded Ponds

While water lilies typically grow the best foliage and produce the most blooms when grown in full sun, there are some varieties that perform well in partially shade.  Most water lilies need a minimum of 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, preferably between mid morning and mid afternoon when the light intensity is the strongest.

water lilies for shaded ponds

Ideally you should try to place your water lilies where they receive as much direct sunlight as possible, either by moving them to one end of the pond that gets the most light or trimming overhanging tree branches. Partially shaded conditions might include receiving dappled sunlight, or receiving sunlight only in the morning and afternoon or even dappled sunlight throughout the day. Whatever the conditions might be, here are some of the water lilies that will grow and flower with less than optimal light conditions

White Water lilies

alba hardy water lily

Alba Water Lily

A medium to large sized water lily with stellate shaped flowers

virginalis hardy water lily

Virginalis Water Lily

A medium to large sized water lily with stellate shaped flowers

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Pink Water lilies

Carnea hardy water lily

Carnea Water Lily

A medium to large sized water lily with pink outer petals fading to white inner petals

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Norma Gedye Hardy Water Lily

Norma Gedye Water Lily

A medium sized water lily with medium pink flowers

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Yellow Water lilies

chromatella water lily

Chromatella Water Lily

A medium sized water lily with light canary  yellow flowers and mottled leaves

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Charlene Strawn water lily

Charlene Strawn Water Lily

A medium to large sized water lily with 6″-7″ rich yellow flowers

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Texas Dawn water Lily

Texas Dawn Water Lily

A medium to large sized water lily with 6″-7″ bright yellow flowers often held above the water

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Red Water lilies

attraction water lily

Attraction Water Lily

A large water lily with deep red garnet red flowers

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James Brydon Water Lily

James Brydon Water Lily

A medium sized water lily with 4″-5″ bright fuchsia red cup-shape flowers

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Changeable Water lilies

Comanche Water Lily

A large lily with 5″-6″ apricot yellow flowers that gradually change to orange / red as the flower matures.

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Sioux water lily

Sioux Water Lily

A large sized free flowering water lily with 5″-6″ stellate apricot yellow flowers that gradually change to orange red as the flower matures. 

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Peach Water lilies

Barbara Dobbins water lily

Babara Dobbins Water Lily

A very free  flowering medium to large lily with 5″-6″ stunning peach flowers that fade to yellow towards the center

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Colorado water lily

Colorado Water Lily

A medium to large sized free flowering water lily with 5″-6″ stunning flowers that are a combination of salmon-pink and yellow.

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