We are offering a few new plants this year and one is the Water Willow (Justicia Americana). This hardy bog plant has flowers that resemble an orchid white with splashes of lavender and purple. The flowers grow in a dense, head-like cluster originating from its slender stalks.
The plant will grow 12 inches to 18 inches high and about 12 inches wide with flowers that start blooming in April and will continue to bloom thru October. It requires part shade to full sun and best when planted 0 - 4" below the water surface but will take up to 2' of water. While it will grow in almost any type of soil its best grown in sandy, sandy loam medium loam and clay loam or clay.
Hardy Zones 4-11 (Can overwinter in pond and doesn't need submerged)
Ah! It's finally Spring, or so we think. Mother Nature has a way of tricking even the most experienced water gardener. We finally have a week of warm temperatures, things are coming alive in our ponds. After months of rain, sleet, snow and ice we are all ecstatic. Armed with our pond gloves, waders and nets, we set out to begin cleaning our ponds. We check temperatures and think it is time to add some plants. Seems safe, after all the temperatures are rising. Place our orders, plants arrive and all seems well. Then out of nowhere (actually Canada), comes a cold front with freezing nighttime temperatures. We frantically remove our floating plants, new bog plants and place them in the garage or on the covered porch for the next couple of days. Then, temperatures rise again and out the plants go again. We try our best to ship the plants when the time is right for planting in your planting zone. Unfortunately, we can not control Mother Nature and her unpredictable ways. We have customers on the west coast, that are in Zone 8, shipping time for them is supposed to be Mid-March, as of last week the Pacific Northwest was still getting snow and freezing temperatures. We are still holding those orders, hoping Mother Nature will remember what time of year it is and let up on those folks. Just, remember when receiving new plants in the Spring to keep a watchful eye on the temperatures, in case Mother Nature tries to play a trick on you!