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One of our MG gardens has asked me to get Lotus nelumbo for their their barrels. Didn't give a common name. Would I be correct in thinking they want Nelumbo nucifera, Sacred Lotus? I can't ask them, they don't know. Also - they plan to put these in half whiskey barrels which in the past they planted with Impatiens. They plan to plant one Agastache 'Tutti Fruiti', 3 Helichrysum 'Limelight', and 3 of these lotus in each barrel. I'm not really grasping the concept. The lotus is a water plant, the other two like dryish soil. I asked her if she was inserting something in the barrel to hol the water plant, but she dodged the question. I mentioned this to the Hort Ed and he says one lotus will be plenty, they get huge.

Any thoughts on all of this?

neIN, Zone 5
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