A true bathing beauty, Egyptian lotus is a water plant with a haunting fragrance. It grows in water up to 24 inches deep. Stately blooms unfurl atop stems that stand above the water surface. Pink petals open, slowly aging to a deep rose hue. Distinct round leaves also stand above the water. The leaf surface has a silvery metallic sheen, and water beads upon it. Hardy in Zones 4-10.
King Tut dwarf Egyptian papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) adds a touch of the tropics—and Dr. Seuss-like fun—to any garden. Grow it in a pot, planting bed, water garden or stream-side planting. It loves moisture, but take care not to submerge the crown or growing point. Keep it in water just a few inches deep. Papyrus grows quickly, and the more moisture that’s available, the faster it grows. Plants reach 18 to 30 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 9-11. In cold zones, overwinter plants in pots indoors through winter.
Choose quality bedding that will endure years of laundering. At John Robshaw, the prewash process creates bedding that will wear beautifully over time. Says John, "I like a dry 300 thread count Egyptian cotton percale; it washes perfectly. Since we print, then again wash, our fabrics, they have a great prewashed hand and our colors last and last."