Having a pond with water lilies is lovely although it can take up a lot of space in a small backyard. An alternative is to create a feature in a watertight pot. Position it in a paved area or a garden with poor soil where it’s difficult to grow anything.
●1 FILL THE DRAINAGE HOLES with epoxy putty, wearing gloves to knead it into a uniform colour. Press into the holes, allowing an overlap on the inside to create a seal and leave to dry for two hours.
●2 SEAL THE POT by painting inside with waterproof sealer, leaving it to dry overnight. Apply a second coat in the opposite direction, leaving it to dry for a week. Sponge-clean the pot with dishwashing liquid to remove residue and rinse out well.
●3 FILL WITH WATER and leave for two days to ensure all detergent and surface impurities are removed then empty and refill with clean water.
●4 PLACE WATER LILIES by checking the height required for them to reach the surface. Position the lily container in the pot or stack bricks under it to lift it to the right height.