Can you do the Cannas Can?

The show stopping beauty of cannas is best enjoyed this time of year when many other ornamentals are flagging. Their bold, tropical foliage lights up the garden even when not in flower and showy blooms are icing on the cake. Keeping these heat-lovers happy is easy. The key is ensuring their roots are moist to wet, they have enough light, and they are well-fertilized. These steps will keep plants healthy and flowers dancing through to fall. Some canna favorites with bold leaves and flowers include the multi-colored ‘Phasion’ (Tropicanna™), and the compact ‘Striped Beauty’ with its striped foliage and bold flowers that are red in bud and open to brilliant lemon yellow. When it comes to showy flowers, nothing beats the perfect salmon pink blooms of Canna ‘Mrs P.S. Dupont’. Ooh la la!

Gardener’s Note: Several viral diseases have plagued cannas in recent years. If your well cared for cannas have yellow streaked, mottled or browning leaves or leaf veins, they are likely infected and should be dug up and disposed of away from the garden.

Canna 'Mrs P.S. Dupont' Detail - Jessie Keith

Canna ‘Mrs P.S. Dupont’ Detail

Canna 'Mrs P.S. Dupont' - Jessie Keith

Canna ‘Mrs P.S. Dupont’


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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