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Water Hyacinths, Water Lettuce, Water Lilies – Water Plants Everywhere!


According to Behnkes Aquatics Manager Bill Watts, water hyacinths and water lettuces are flying off the shelves this time of year.  But for pond-owners lucky enough to have ponds in the sun, the real scene-stealers have gotta be hardy water lilies and lotuses.  Above are some lotuses at their peak at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden in D.C.  during their Water Lily Festival in July.  And below, water lilies.

Water lilies

Bill tells me his department also carries a whole slew of cool bog plants.

But guess what else people are buying for their ponds –  snails and tadpoles!   Bill says they’re great at keeping ponds clean. (All news to this nonpond gardener!)


Posted by Susan Harris. Frog photo by DGPhilly. Water lily photo by Cassey.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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