Coastal and Tropical South

May, 2014
Regional Report

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Enjoying Ornamental Ponds in Louisiana
Thinking about putting in a pond in your landscape? Enjoying Ornamental Ponds in Louisiana takes you through the options for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of ornamental ponds in our climate, including the basic environmental requirements of fish and water plants. Diagrams and color photos enhance the information.

Favorite or New Plant

'Red Flare' Water Lily
Hardy in the tropical part of our region, 'Red Flare' is not only beautiful, it blooms reliably and brings a strong red color to the usually very green pond world. Its leaves are bronzy red, sometimes with purple blotches, and the flowers bloom at night in clear red. Lots of petals on this one, many with white at their inner tips, so fully open flowers have a different look than slightly closed ones. If you have five hours of sun and a water feature 2 feet deep, this one's for you. Its fragrance is delicious, too.

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