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HELEN'S PERENNIAL WATER GARDENS

WE ARE INSPECTED,LICENSED AND CERTIFED BY THE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (0005DL)SO YOU CAN BUY WITH CONFIDENCE KNOWING THAT YOU ARE GETTING HEALTHY,PEST AND DISEASE FREE PLANTS(ALL PLANTS ARE GREENHOUSE GROWN IN FISH FREE TANKS NOT TAKEN FROM SWAMPS,BOGS,PONDS OR WATERWAYS)IT IS UNLAWFULL TO SELL PLANTS WITHOUT A LICENSED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,BUYING FROM UNLICENSED GROWERS PUTS YOUR FISH AT RISK OF PEST,DISEASE AND DEATH

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CHAMELEON PLANT A hardy, rhizomatous marginal plant that grows 6 - 12 in or more.  Red stems bear blueish green, heart shaped leaves with swatches of red and cream around edges. Cone shaped white flowers appear in early summer. Can an excellent transition plant into pond.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a medium pot with water no deeper than 1 - 2 in. over crown. Divide clumps in spring or plant rootted cuttings of stem pieces that root at leaf nodes.

Zones 6 - 11

(Has been reported hardy to zone 4)

Grow in sun to part shade


 

VARIEGATED

WATER

CLOVER

Four leaf cover with yellow and green patterned leaves float on water's surface. Can do well in very shallow to much deeper water. A good transition plant for the edges of the pond.  Also excellent shade for fish.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a medium pot in shallow to 12 in of water.   By separating the plantlets from stems or cuttings.

Zones 6 - 11

Grow in sun to part shade.

GOLDILOCKS Carpet of small yellow flowers and round yellow leaves on a trailing and rooting stems. Softens transition from land to water along the pond's edge. The yellow brightens in proportion to the sun exposure.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a medium pot in 1 - 6 in. of water.   By division or by stem cuttings in water.

Zones 4 - 8

Grow in full sun.


FOR-GET-NOTS Hardy water plant resembles the common garden variety.  Creeping underground shoots form dense colonies.  May grow from 4 - 24 in. tall with the tips bearing flat wands of coiled tips of sky blue and yellow centered flowers from May to September. 

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a medium pot in 1 - 2 in. of water.   By root division in spring or summer or stem cuttings.

Zones 3 - 9

Grow in sun to part shade


DWARF PAPYRUS Grows 12 -18 in. tall, topped with round spiked flower heads of yellow-green florets that turn bronze in late summer.  Stems that bend over and touch the water create new plantlets. Looks like a miniature Egyptian Papyrus.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

May be considered invasive, can be controlled when potted in containers with 1 4 in. of water over crown. Division or by rooted plantlets that forms when flower head touch water or by cutting off the flower heads and floating them upside down in water.

Zones 9 - 11 

Grow in Sun to part shade


DWARF UMBRELLA PALM Dwarf variety of the Umbrella Palm. Grows to a height of 2 - 3 ft.  Parasols of ribbon like leaves splayed around the tips of tall bare stems contrast with small wheat colored flowers.  Great indoor houseplant especially in non-hardy zones. 

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a larger pot and grow in 1 - 6 in. water over the plant's crown. Division and head cuttings

Zones 8 - 11 

Grow in full to part sun.

TALL UMBRELLA PALM Parasols of ribbon like leaves splayed around the tips of tall bare stems.  Contracted by small, wheat colored flowers.  Usually growing 4- 6 ft. tall. A lovely accent plant that can be grown as a house plant.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a larger pot and grow in 1 - 6 in. water over the plant's crown. Division and head cuttings

Zones 7 - 11 

Grow in Sun to part shade


BLACK MAGIC TARO From a genus of seven tropical plants.  An erect tuberous rootstock in marked with ring like scars where former leaves have dropped off.  Heart shaped to arrow shaped leaves resemble elephant ears.  Growing to 4 ft. masses of dusty charcoal black leaves on dark burgundy/black stems are spectacular.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Pot in a large pot that can be removed from pond. Plant in 1-6 in. of water. Cut off and pot up "pups" produced on terminal ends of stolens

Zones 9 - 11

      Tropical!    Grow in  full sun . Can be wintered as houseplant



SWEET FLAG Grassy-leaved species grows in fans from the growing tips of the creeping rhizome.  some fans also grow along the rhizome with lateral branching occurring,  but primary growth is in the tip.  Grows 8 - 12 inches tall.  'Ogon' variety has a yellow stripe leaf.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in wide-mouth shallow pot.  Grow with zero to three inches of water over crown. Propagate by division.

Zones 5-11

Grow in Sun to part shade.

In zones under 6, winter over indoors in saucer of water as a houseplant



VARIEGATA

WATER

CELERY

Outstanding array of colors including pink, green and white foliage with the pink intensifying in the spring and fall.  Grows to heights of 10 - 12in.   

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a medium pot in moist soil to 2 in. of water.   By division in spring or summer.

Zones 6 - 9

Grow in sun to part shade.


BLUE PICKEREL RUSH Shiny, deep green, slightly heart shaped leaves. Numerous flower spikes densely packed with deep blue petals.  growing to 18 - 24 in. The plant adapts well to shallow water to depths of up to 18 in. Do not let crown freeze.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in larger pots to accommodate vigorous and fleshy roots.   Divide clumps in spring while discarding the rotting portions. 

Zones 4-11

Grow in Sun to part shade

MINI CATTAILS

5 PLANTS

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Suitable even for small ponds, tubs, and containers, this unusually small variety grows 12 to 18 in. tall. Very narrow grass like blue-greenish leaves and small, round, dark brown cattails are only 1 in. tall. Reports from areas warmer than zone 5 show that the plant requires a period of freezing dormancy to produce blooms.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant  in a medium or larger container and grow in shallow water.    By division of clumps. 

Zones 3 -10

Grow in sun to part shade
 

GRACEFULL CATTAIL

3 PLANTS,$8.99

Slender, narrow, grayish green, half round leaves are grooved on one side and rounded on the other and grow to 4 ft. high.  Flower spikes, about 3 in., have lighter brown male flowers above with a slight gap from the dark brown female flowers below. 

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant  in a larger container and grow in 6 to 12 in. of water.    By division of clumps. 

Zones 4 -10

Grow in sun to part shade


VARIEGATED CATTAIL

2PLANTS $8.99

Captivating green and white striped leaves which grow 4 to 6 ft. tall and 3 in. cinnamon brown cattails create a stunning accent. Slower growth than the other varieties. 

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant  in a larger container and grow in 6 to 12 in. of water.    By division of clumps. 

Zones 5 -10

Grow in sun to part shade.


BLACK GAMECOCK IRIS Very popular for its Deep blue-black falls with purple standards showcasing golden signals.  Consistently one of our best sellers.  Grows to a height of 1 - 2 ft.  Blooms in early spring.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a medium pot or in gravel with water 6 in. over root ball By division of roots.

Zones 5 - 11

Grow in sun to part shade.


CORKSCREW RUSH Much more finely bladed than the parent plant. Evergreen in milder climates. A good choice for smaller ponds.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in a medium pot or gravel in water 1 to 2 in. deep. By root division, spring through summer.

Zones 4 - 9

Grow in sun to part shade.


EGYPTION PAPYRUS Stems grow 12 -15 ft. tall with large mop heads of pendulous leaves and greenish brown flower spikelets that measure nearly a foot across. This plant needs strong lighting to maintain its full and lush appearance.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant in very large container.  Because of the size of this specimen, it may be best to grown in its own watertight container with water kept over the soil.  Division of clumps.

Zones 9 - 11 

Grow in full sun.  Protect from wind. Winter indoors in zones under 8


SAGITTARIA

ARROWHEAD

Native wetland plant.  Bold and distinctive arrow shaped leaves may reach to 32 in. long.  White apple blossom like flowers on long, arching stems. Produces starchy tubes known to attract waterfowl.  Can grow to heights of 2 - 4 feet.

Potting

Propagation

Hardiness

Care

Plant  in a medium pot with water from 1 - 6 in. over crown of plant.   By division of stolons. 

Zones 3 -11

Grow in sun to part shade