What To Do In The Garden This Month; Bring a touch of the tropics to your garden with waterlilies. Here’s your “how-to” growing guide

What To Do In The Garden This Month; Bring a touch of the tropics to your garden with waterlilies. Here’s your “how-to” growing guide

WITH FLOATING leaves, exotic blooms and a beautiful fragrance, the waterlily (Nymphaea) is a popular aquatic plant that makes a sensational statement in the garden. Available in a wide variety of colours and different sizes, there’s a lily to suit all spaces. So whether you have a backyard pond or a miniature water feature on the balcony, read on

Waterlily is beautiful and suitable in your home garden

Waterlily is beautiful and suitable in your home garden

Hardly or tropical

Miniature waterlilies are available in both hardy and tropical varieties. With smaller fl owers and leaves they’re perfect for shallow tubs and make great water features on the balcony or courtyard.

How to grow

Sun The one thing all waterlilies need is lots of sunlight to grow (at least six hours a day) – the more sun, the more blooms. No waterlily will flower in the shade. Pots Waterlilies should be grown in strong, squat plastic containers, about 20 to 25cm diameter; smaller for minatures. Provided your pot or pond is at least 40cm deep (or up to 60cm), waterlilies will grow and flower happily. However, they don’t like fl owing or splashing water so don’t position them too close to a fountain spout.

Decor with your Home

You can make a small bowl of waterlily and put it on a table in living room, it looks great

You can make a small bowl of waterlily and put it on a table in living room, it looks great

Mix & fertilise Use a good-quality, heavy topsoil or garden soil (not potting mix), and add a fertiliser that’s specially formulated for fl owering aquatic plants. Cover with a layer of pea gravel or sand to help keep the dirt in the pot when submerged.

Care Lilies should be repotted every two to three years and can be split into two or three containers at this time. All varieties die down over winter, so don’t throw them out thinking they’re dead when they’re just dormant.

SPLASH OF COLOUR

Waterlilies are available in a huge range of colours: the hardy group generally has softer shades of yellows, pinks, creams and white, such as the vigorous grower

“Colorado” with its lovely coral pink flowers. The tropicals are bolder and more vibrant with some stunning deep purple and blue shades, like the “King Of Blues

There are various color you can choose

There are various color you can choose

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Find Your Bedroom Style Classic, Playful, Creative?

Find Your Bedroom Style Classic, Playful, Creative?

FUN & PLAYFUL

If you’re a parent, morning can often mean little visitors bounding into in the bedroom and wriggling into bed with you. A place to cuddle and a place to play, a comfy and colourful bed can make the perfect spot for family time. Grey 300-threadcount Egyptian cotton sheets provide a soft, nurturing base on this bed, teamed with patterned linens in bright green, white and shades of blue to liven up the scene. And just like the stories Dad reads, a bed isn’t complete without a few quirky characters – these fun cushions are just the ticket.

Fun and Playful style for bedroom

Fun and Playful style for bedroom

CREATIVE & COSY

Is your bedroom the heart of your home? Then it’s only natural that it should be an inspiring space that suits your personality. Indulge with a rich, decadent palette for your bedlinen – shades of deep purple, pinks and oranges – to create a space that’s warm, welcoming and comfortable. You want your bed to be a place where you can happily spend time doing the things you love. Go all out with fl orals and don’t hold back on the ruffles and ruching to create a cocooning, feminine vibe. This is your zone so be creative, and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Sweet dreams.

CREATIVE & COSY bedroom

CREATIVE & COSY bedroom

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