Canna Color

“Canna Color”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Rain has kept me out of the garden for many days lately. I sure miss being able to stroll around and see what the plants are up to. Family issues have also preoccupied me, and I haven’t been blogging like I want to, but I am trying to get back in the routine of gardening and reporting on what is going on in my garden.

The cannas have really been doing well with all this heat and rain we have been having lately. Tropical Sunrise is doing particularly well, sending up many new shoots. It is nice that this lovely orange canna is spreading. I can use the extra plants. This canna is planted next to blue plumbago, and the combination is a lot more attractive than I would have first thought.



China Doll, a lovely pink canna that I have had for several years is also blooming well. I always look forward to its blooming. I think this was the first canna that I ever planted.



Even though we are getting into late summer and fall color is just starting to show that it will be here soon, there are still enough bloomers like the canna to give a summer, tropical feel to the area.


Get Your Labels Right

“Get Your Labels Right”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Ahhhhh!  It has happened again!  When will I learn?  I am talking about buying plants, bulbs, corms, etc. when they are not in bloom, and then when the plants start to bloom they turn out to be mismarked.  I have just got to stop buying things when they are not blooming.

The latest mismarked plant has turned out to be the Madame Butterfly canna.  It is supposed to be a soft pink that would go very well with the gladiolus I planted this year in the “pink” garden.  Well, one has started blooming and look what showed up.


Yellow-Orange Canna (redu)


If you are interested in seeing what Madame Butterfly canna is supposed to look like click here.   This is just the color I wanted and was the color shown on the packaging.

I didn’t even know this canna had a bloom stalk until I saw a flash of bright yellow while watering the garden.  I was so puzzled until I got closer and saw what it was.  Now, this is a lovely canna, and I will be moving it to the “yellow” garden where it will fit in very nicely, even though I already have enough yellow cannas there.  But what about the height I was planning on  a pink canna giving to that side of the garden?  I have two more of these cannas left to bloom, but I am sure they will turn out to be the same as this one.

I don’t feel like having to contact the company, try and get the right canna, if it is even available now, and then replant or, worse yet, wait until next year when it would be available.  It is too late for things to be shipped here even if it would be available.  The temperatures are already in the 90’s the last few day.

I just don’t understand how companies can consistently mislabel these things.  Don’t label them at all with a named variety.  Just call the contents of the package “Canna” or “Lily” or “Daylily”, but don’t put a name on it unless your quality control is working.  I can understand an occasional slip up, but this is happening too often with too many plants from too many  different sources.  Sometimes it is important that a flower be a particular color, and the packaging and the contents should match up.  From now on, unless it is blooming, I’m not buying it.   Some companies need to get their labels right.


“Cannas”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


When it comes to growing cannas either I have great success or failure to thrive.  First the successes.  Pretoria or Bengal Tiger cannas has done very well in my garden.  Given plenty of sunshine and water and this takes off every spring.  I placed it in a back corner of the garden, and the foliage repeats the colors and stripes of the variegated shell ginger about fifteen feet away.





I have the peach hibiscuses nearby and that helps repeat the canna’s flower color.  You can see some in the background.


Across the garden from the Pretoria canna, I have planted a new one this year.  It has a spectacular flower.  It is among the biggest I have ever seen on a canna.  Tropical Sunrise came from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.  Mine is only about two feet tall, but it seems to be very vigorous.  Already there are two more stalks coming up.



Here, I am able to leave the rhizomes in the ground year round with just a heavier mulching in the winter.  Cannas are heavy feeders, so I fertilize monthly.  Some areas have problems with the canna leaf roller, but I have not had too bad a problem with those pests.  About two summers ago, I did have a small amount of damage on the President cannas.  I first cut off and destroyed the stalks which really didn’t help, but a spray of BT did the trick.  That’s the only time I have had any problems with leaf rollers.  Not many of my neighbors grow cannas, so maybe that is why I haven’t had a problem.


China Doll canna is another success story.  I have this in the front “pink” garden.  This is a dwarf canna I have had for years.



I also grow some of the old-fashioned India Shot canna (canna indica) in red and in yellow.  Even though the flowers are very small, I still like these heirloom plants that have been grown in Southern gardens for over a hundred years.


So that you know that not all have been successes.  I had a Futurity Rose, a lovely burgundy leaf with rose flowers, that did not survive a winter, The President canna, a lovely red, that has just languished after one year (maybe I should divide it), and a light yellow canna that never really grew or bloomed.


Even though not every canna I have planted has flourished, I still think they are great additions to a garden, esp. if you are looking for a tropical atmosphere.



Happy Birthday to my sister, Patty Jean.