James Brydon


This fabulous lily flowers well, with large, wonderful cerise, deep pink, cup-shaped blooms and compact deep green/maroon foliage. Sold bare-rooted.

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Description : Nymphaea James Brydon is the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society’s best hardy water lily, and holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit. This has to be one of the loveliest of the pink/red water lilies with peony-shaped deep pink flowers appearing consistently throughout the growing season from late May to September.

Top tip: This is one of the few waterlilies to perform well in shadier ponds, although it performs best when positioned in full sunlight.

Mature spread:  Medium water lily covers an area in leaf up to 1.5m in diameter in Summer.

Flowers: June/September Flowering is successional with each flower opening from a tight bud to full flower over a period of 7-10 days.  Each flower is at its best for three days, then gradually fades and drops under the water. Once the plant has fully matured, flowers at different stages of growth will be present  all through the flowering season.

Planting depth: In the first season start with 20-30cm depth of water from soil surface to water surface and then once leaves and flowers die back in the Autumn, drop the depth to 40-50cm from soil surface to water surface.

Propagation: Division of plants in March/April

How to plant:  Plant into a 10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and immediately immerse fully in water to the suggested depth. For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.


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