Saturday, January 15, 2011
Canna to brighten our day
CANNACEAE - Dwarf Canna Lucifer (Canna x generalis Lucifer)
Originally uploaded by kaiyanwong223
Brrr, so many of my blog friends are posting beautiful photos of snow that to warm up I needed to buy a bright plant for our garden.
We have a long row of red cannas, and a few orange cannas; I don't know their varieties since they are passalong plants, given to us by a neighbor. Cannas add a tropical splash of color to a garden.
But I went to a garden center today and bought a Lucifer canna (2 roots in a package), dug a 4 inch deep hole for each one and planted them in the row with our other cannas. I got a big spring time lift in my spirits for a mere $4 for the package.
Boy they look spectacular on the package photo, with red leaves edged in yellow.
The flowering height for Lucifer Canna is 30 inches. The others I have flower on stalks 3 to 5 feet tall, which is a common height for these beauties.
Cannas grow in all zones in the USA, and in zones 1-3 need to be lifted and stored inside over winter. I am in zone 8 or 9 so they are happy here all year.
They need full sun, and do well as borders or in large tubs on patios or poolside.
Do any of you enjoy growing cannas too?