Planting Time: Early March INDOORS, (for a head start). Rhizomes can also
Height: 2FT – 8FT Depending on Variety
Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: Moist, Well Drained
Hardiness: Zone 8
Bloom Colour: Pink, Red, Yellow, Orange, Apricot and Cream.
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey-Green, Blue-Green, Purple, Variegated, Striped and Bronze.
Bloom Time: July-September
Uses: Pots, Borders and Specimens.
A perfect foliage focal point with glorious humming-bird attracting blossoms to boot. This is the
Purple Leaf Canna shown in header image.
Although a splendor, this is a plant that requires a little work. A classic case of give a little and get a LOT! Since this is a zone 8, it must be brought in for the winter. The up side of this is that you don't have to water or maintain it through the winter, you simply cut back the foliage before the fist frost, dig out the rhizomes with a garden fork, (to minimize root damage), allow to dry for a few days on newspaper, pack it in dry peat moss and then put in a cool dry place until spring. If your cannas are in a pot, simply pull out other plant material, cut back the foliage and allow soil to dry out before moving the pot into a heated garage or basement.
Most gardeners can't wait until spring which is why most start them early inside, which gives the garden and/or pots instant foliage. To break the dormancy, check out the March 2008 article "Grow Your Mind: Spring Planning". If you do not already have this garden "Must Have" you can always drop in to see us at the Garden Centre and we would be happy to help you choose any of our outstanding varieties.