The International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) announced three outstanding choices for Aquatic Plants of the Year for 2010. Each year, the IWGS asks aquatic plant experts from around the world to consult on water garden plants with desirable traits. One plant from each of three categories has been selected. This year’s winners include Zebra Rush (Scirpus zebrinus), Laydekari Fulgens, and Jennifer Rebecca.

Zebra Rush is a hardy marginal with tall, narrow, cylindrical stems horizontally banded with white. Easily grown, Zebra Rush is hardy from Zone 4 to 9 and is famous for its showy foliage. It grows to about 4 feet and performs well in water 3 inches deep.

Laydekari Fulgens was introduced in 1893 from the Marliac nursery, and is one of the most floriferous hardy waterlilies in existence. Cherry red blossoms, 4 to 6 inches in diameter, are enjoyed all summer long against dark green leaves. Laydekari Fulgens is hardy from Zone 4 to 9.

Jennifer Rebecca is one of the best night-blooming tropical waterlilies that stays open from early evening until mid morning. Blooms of fuscia/red are 6 to 8 inches across and rise well above water. Its red/bronze leaves provide a striking accent and create visual appeal during daylight hours.

The Plants of the Year selection enables the IWGS to inform dedicated and interested water gardeners about new, remarkable plants. In addition, new pond people receive education in the selection of exceptional plants that make outstanding choices for their water garden.

For more information about the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society and aquatic plants, log onto or call 585-293-9144.