Nothing beats Cannas for a punch of dramatic color and beautiful foliage. I find cannas extremely trouble free and easy to grow. Native of South and Central America, they are not hardy in our area, – zone 5-6 – so it is necessary to dig the rhizomes before winter. I generally do this right after the first frost, then store them in a frost free area of a basement or garage. As I unwrapped them this morning here is how they looked. Hard to believe they are even alive!
These are four times as many as I planted last spring and the product of just one plant I purchased at a box store in 2011. I expect to have a respectable patch of cannas this year! I will let them sit in a bit of water for a day and then plant them in individual pots to get them started indoors. This will get them a head start and hopefully, they will bloom earlier and we can enjoy them longer in the garden.
“The earth is a garden and each of us only need care for our own part for life to be breathed back into the planet, into the soil, into ourselves.”