I had the pleasure of having the Kilgore garden club come visit the nursery. Here are a few members browsing. You should come visit too!
Update! Starting around May 1st, we will begin mail order of the Hardies! All varieties should be available. These will be about a 1 quart sized plant and the tentative price will be $12.00 each + postage. The large hardies are currently available for mail order now. Price will be the same as listed below + postage. Send an email for specifics. We will get right back to you with availability.
-Most all plants will be very large 2 year old plants. These are NOT small divisions that you would typically find for sale. There will not be a long "grow out" period, just drop them in your pond and they will rock and roll! In addition, I keep a percentage of each variety in the greenhouse. This gives me the ability to hand you a large, blooming ready plant by April-May. Check with me if you would like this option. I do have some other varieties not listed. If you are searching for something not on the list, drop me a note. If I do not have it, I will be happy to find it for you. I am always willing to carry another variety. If you would like a smaller, younger plant, I often will have some available at a lower price. You will need to inquire about this, it really depends on the time of year and inventory. Hover your cursor over the photos above- the name will appear.
******CHANGABLE COLORED******** (each day the blossom will shift color)
Aurora $25.00 Introduced in 1895, Aurora might well be the most beautiful of the "changeable" class of hardies. It has the widest color range over the several days that the blossom is open. One the first day, it is yellow-apricot with a darker center. On the second day, it is orange-red and slightly flecked. Third day? Deep burgundy red. This is an ideal variety for tub culture as it is not a huge grower and in addition, the flowers stay open late in the day.
Comanche $25.00 Every time we have visitors at the nursery, Comanche is the first to be lifted out of its tubs and wrapped up. It commands attention! It is the largest and the showiest of the changeable group. Day1, yellow with a hint of apricot. Day2, gold-orange flushed with pink. Day3, Deep orange with the center petals flushed red with pale yellow tips. Pleasant fragrance along with robust growth make this one a winner. 1908 is the year this one was introduced.
Sioux $25.00 Sioux, like Comanche, always sell the minute a flower opens. A changeable, it essentially darkens and becomes richer colored each of the three days. The inner petals start yellowish apricot, ending upending up orangish red. The outer petals start as yellow, finishing apricot-orange. I think one of the reasons Comanche and Sioux sell so well is they both have "substance". Kind of indefinable, but if you saw them, you would understand. A great bloomer with powerful fragrance. Introduced in 1908, same as Comanche- this one is the bigger grower of the two.
Chrysantha $25.00 Day1, Creamy yellow flushed with orange. Day 2 and 3 what happens is that the color deepens, and becomes very rich and intense. This is a rather small plant, great for tubs. Hot weather will slow down its bloom cycle but as Summer fades into Fall, it rebounds nicely.
Paul Hariot $25.00 The first day the flower will be apricot on the outer petals and the inner petals will be orange. Over the next coupled days the whole flower will take on a deep pinkish orange. Introduced in 1905, Paul is a well behaved plant suitable for small pools and tubs and always looks quite healthy even when out of bloom.
Hilite (Highlight) $25.00 In 1998, this fine variety was introduced to water gardeners. Very large flowers are creamy yellow in the center that lighten to a soft white. Very strong fragrance is the icing on the cake. A heavy bloomer, you will see these flowers late into the season- standing well above the surface of the water.
Carolineana Nivea $25.00 If you have a large pond and need good quality shade for your fish in the Summer, Nivea is for you. Very large, showy white flowers on super strong plants make this baby goof-proof. I recommend you repot this one as soon as possible, give it some space, let it flex its muscle! Sweetly fragrant.
Gonne're' (syn: Snowball & Crystal White) $25.00 Introduced in 1914, this very elegant full double white is lovely. There tends to be a pinkish cast in cooler weather. The flower is almost artificial looking because it is so perfect. Easy to grow- but here in the deep South, it tends to be a shy bloomer. If you have several lilies in your pond, it is a wonderful choice; when that bloom appears, you will simply have to stop and admire its perfection. In the North, this is a free flowering cultivar. If your pond is large and you are in the South, the water will stay cooler and flowering will be much more frequent. I have grown this one for years and it still makes me smile when I see the flowers.
*************RED***************************************************************************************************************************************************************** As I mentioned on the prior page, reds, as a group, do not mind a bit of afternoon shade. Their genetics hail from Norway (the red color trait comes from a species in a deep, cold lake). The color is so deep that it can, at the hottest part of Summer, melt down in the inner petals in the afternoon. This is not an issue in Spring and Fall where the reds really come into their own. This is only a problem for people that live South of, say, Little Rock.
Burgundy Princess $25.00 These intensely colored blossoms always rest on the surface of the water. If you have other, softer colored lilies in the pond, this one will really pop out! Released in 1983, this is a good choice for smaller ponds.
Attraction $25.00 Attraction is one of the largest reds. The color almost tends to be Garnet- a very rich shade at that. Attraction also makes a good cut flower! Been around since 1910...
Reflective Flame $25.00
Perry's Baby Red $25.00 If you like 'em cute and little, Baby Red is for you. Great for tub culture, the cup shaped, dark red flowers will charm you. Not a lot of fragrance but with this much cuteness jammed into one plant, who cares, ha ha. If you have a deck that has strong morning Sun and some shade in the afternoon, Baby Red will do well for you. It will really start to impress you with its flowering in the second year! Created by the master Water Lily breeder Perry Slocum in 1989.
Laydekeri Fulgens $25.00 This stunner was introduced in 1895. Vivid burgundy red, it is often considered the best red in the world. The first time I saw it, I was simply dazzled. Like many men, I am red/green color blind but the color of these blossoms amazed me -because I could actually SEE the intense red!. Laydekeri has the ability to get large if you put it into a good sized pond. A pool with one of these would be a real show-stopper. Loving the cool weather of Spring and Fall, it will often be the first and last blooms you will see in the season. I do notice that it does tend to produce flowers here at the nursery, intermittently, during the worst dog days of Summer.
Newton $25.00 Newton is unique in hardies insofar as the blossoms resemble a tropical. The petals are long and narrow giving it a very exquisite appearance. Pure red, it will stand out in your garden of hardies for certain. A 1910 introduction.
Pygmaea Rubra $25.00 Ok, I have it and it is quite a small grower. At this time, that is all I have to say about this one. I am working with it- I have not yet seen it bloom. If things change, I will update this entry but for now...it is a looser in the South.
Colorado $25.00 A 1994 introduction, Colorado is a terrific choice for people that have a good size pond. Given room to stretch, this one will impress you! Soft pink, bordering on Salmon, this is a heavy bloomer. Sweet, pleasant fragrance.
Barbara Dobbins $25.00 An amazing blend of pink, yellow and apricot, Barbara will blow you out of the water with her beauty! Heavy blooming with a nice fragrance, you should be very happy with this 1996 introduction. As with many yellowish hardies, Barb has "N. Mexicana" in her pedigree. This makes her a great performer in the deep South.
Clyde Ikins $30.00 "Peach" really does not do justice to many of the varieties in this class. It is simply the easiest way to describe complex blends of pink & yellow. This would be the case with Clyde. Very large flowers with strong and beautiful fragrance, you will love this awesome guy. A fairly recent introduction with a stellate shaped flowers, it is a hard working bloomer.
Peaches and Cream $25.00 Pink outer petals yellow inner petals with a pink base make this one sweet lily. Flowers can rise almost 8 inches out of the water the first couple days adding to its remarkable beauty. This cultivar seems to adjust to any size tub/pool you put it in. Very free flowering!
Georgia Peach $25.00 Georgia Peach hit the market in 1998 and is here to stay. Awesome Peach colored blossoms change color on their last day to a pale, creamy yellow. Strongly fragrant, a great one for bigger ponds!
Perry's Orange Sunset (sold out)
Wanvisa (difficult color to classify) $25.00 Is it orange? Pink? Red? Peach? Oh, who cares...it is amazing. This was named water lily of the year in 2010- a feat that is nothing short of remarkable simply because tropical lilies always take that award. Coming out of Thailand, it is thought that this is a chimera mutation of "Joey Tomocik"- a fantastic yellow. Given the way its flowers can periodically produce a pure yellow petal or, even more remarkable, a flower that is one half yellow, I would agree. Bottom line is that you will have a flower that is a strong orange/pink with small yellow speckles. It is so easy to grow that I have been amazed at the high prices some nurseries have been charging for it. You will love it, simple as that.
************YELLOW*********************************************************************************************************************************************************** Here in the South, we struggle a bit with the reds but with the yellows, we shine! Yankees often have problems with hardiness in yellows due to the genetic introduction of "N. Mexicana" in the gene pool. This is where the yellow color comes from (along with many in the peach class). Along with the yellow color, "N. Mexicana" genetics allow yellows to shrug off 100 degree days and bloom non-stop all Summer. I actually prefer the hardy yellows over their yellow tropical cousins.
Lemon Mist $25.00 This 1997 introduction will "wow" you. Lemon mist is a good description- to my eye, it is a soft, hazy yellow. The flowers are very large and appear all the time, just a great performer. If screaming yellow is not your cup of tea, this is a wonderful variety for you. Sweet, pleasant fragrance tops it off nicely.
Charlene Strawn $25.00 Charlene has been hanging around pools since 1969 and she has been welcome at the party ever since. Why? Because she smells so darn sweet! So easy to grow, her rich yellow blossoms make terrific cut flowers! A very popular variety for good reason.
Inner Light $25.00 The inner petals of this beauty are a deeper shade of yellow than the outer petals- hence, the "inner light". This 1997 arrival is a spectacular addition to your water feature! Typical of yellows, it has a sweet fragrance.
Joey Tomocik $25.00 Joey is a winner in all regards. One of the brightest yellow hardies, Joey will please you with the ease of her growth and amaze you with the non-stop flower show. Just plain beautiful- sometimes that is all that needs to be said.
Sunrise $25.00 All yellows are great down here in the South..so what sets Sunrise apart from the crowd? SIZE! One of the four largest flowered hardies, it has long, narrow elegant petals. A show-stopper without a doubt. This one thrives in heat- in fact, many Northern growers fail with his one. The only down side is that this yellow has only a slight fragrance- odd for a yellow. First seen in 1888, its original name was "Sulphurea Grandiflora"- ( Latin) the English translation...Yellow Giant flower! It was renamed in 1933 to "Sunrise".
Texas Dawn $25.00 I love Texas Dawn. Sometimes naming of plants get a bit, well, over the top; Texas Dawn is not one of these. One day, I was out working in the lilies and I was at eye level with a newly opened flower of Texas Dawn. I realized that indeed, the color WAS like a beautiful dawn in Texas. This is perhaps one of the loveliest of the yellows ever produced. The inner petals are a rich yellow with the outer ones being blushed with pink. The entire flower is held very high out of the water, often 10 inches or so- which just adds to the drama. Lots and lots of flowers too! The fragrance is sweet with undertones of citrus. Bred by Kenneth Landon- one of the most highly respected water lily authorities (in San Angelo, Texas) in 1985. By 1990, it had been awarded the IWWGS's American Award. Often used in breeding of other lilies, this Texan sits at the top of the pile!
Yellow Pygmy $25.00 Yellow Pygmy is small but mighty. One of the last bloomers out here at the nursery, it was still trying to set flowers when we began to frost. As fast as the flowers would freeze, another round would try to come up..and freeze again. Gotta' give her an "A" for effort! The whole plant is small, both leaves and flowers. A clean yellow blossom that is quite pretty and small, profuse leaves will fill a small tub to the brim! The growth habit of this variety is quirky. Tons, and I mean tons- of young plants will form all along the stolens that escape from the bottom of the pot. This is a great plant for hot, sunny deck. You will have plenty of babies to share with friends that you REALLY like! Never plant this one in a natural body of water. I can not imagine what would happen...well, in retrospect, I CAN imagine lol.
Sribangpra $25.00 Currently, Sribangpra is my favorite yellow! The huge, clear, mid-shade yellow stellate (pointy petals) flowers knock me out. Easy to grow, it seems to bloom nearly non-stop. I can not find any information as to where this variety comes from or who bred it. In fact, I have seen listings for this plant (I assume) under similar names such a "Bangpra" etc. Almost certainly a Thai introduction, I suspect you will like it as much as I do. I have a hard time keeping up with propagation of this variety.
Arc-en-Ciel $25.00 Ok, here is unique one! Yes, the flowers are pretty- a pale pink with a stellate flower, no problems there. The show off part of this variety is its leaves! No two are alike. Striped, splashed and speckled with pink, burgundy, white- this is quite amazing. I have customers who have a pond that tends to be a bit to shady for good flowering. I show them Arc-en-Ciel and they feel much better! Even when not in flower, the leaves create a magical show across the water. It even has a very pronounced fragrance. This 1901 introduction will be around a long, long time I suspect. I have a hard time keeping up with production on this one, the demand is high.
Firecrest $25.00 The color of this variety is a bit difficult to describe, primarily lavender with a pinkish undertone. Very beautiful overall and the flowers tend to be held high out of the water. Firecrest is a very good choice for people with a good sized pond- it appreciates a larger sized pot that allows for multiple growth points, allowing for maximum bloom production. The parentage of Firecrest is unknown as well as the date of introduction.
Perry's Fire Opal $25.00 Fire Opal is remarkable because it is actually a cross between a hardy and a tropical! The tropical is the stunning Director George T Moore. One of the master breeder Perry Slocum's many introductions (1990), this award winner ought to thrill you. A very rich pink, you will often notice a darker pink stripe running down the length of each petal. The fragrance is delightful and you can really appreciate it since it is a good choice for tub culture. Flowers are very double and the color is very show-offy (is that a word?). This is one that with each successive year, as the colony gets bigger , will knock your socks off.
Bernice Ikins $30.00 Bernice is one hot Mama! With her deep fuchsia blooms and strong fragrance, she will captivate your friends when they see your pond. The flower form starts out cup-like then, at maturity, becomes stellate (pointy). An amazing choice for larger ponds, Bernice can get some size to her. Truly exceptional.
Shady Lady (sold out)
Dallas $25.00 Dallas is intense fuchsia- much like Bernice Ikins only a bit more pinkish, smaller and controlled. A super one for tub and small pond culture. When I am out working in the lilies- surrounded by many different blossoms, Dallas frequently catches my eye. Strongly fragrant too.
Hollandia $25.00 Hollandia is one of the varieties that I call "fake flowers". Why? Because they are so perfect looking that they can't possibly be real. Overall, this is a pink flower but it is multi-shaded with the outer petals almost white. Generally, I am not a big fan of girly-pink shades due to my color blindness but this one is an exception. A very double, Peony style flower (you people from the North will recognize that reference) that, to me, is the epitome of elegance. Hollandia also goes by the name "Darwin" which is actually more correct. Been around since 1909.
Madame WIlfron Gonnere $25.00 It is suspected that The Madam and Hollandia (above) are, in fact, mutations of each other- not sure who came first though as both were introduced within a few years of each other. With its rich pink, very double blooms, it is nearly the same as Hollandia with the exception of the color- Madame being a deeper shaded version. As is often the case of super double hardies, the fragrance is very faint. Fits in well with any size pool, small or large.