Canna Varieties: Bold Blooms

Learn about the wide array of richly colored blossoms and foliage found in different canna varieties.

From: DK Books - Grow Plants in Pots
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'Richard Wallace' Cannas

Canna 'Richard Wallace' has buttery-yellow blooms with spots of orange-red, making this one of the most popular yellow cannas. It lights up a corner of the garden like a ray of sunshine.

Orange Canna

The colors of orange canna range from soft pastel shades through to deep rich oranges. Cannas flower bulbs are superb summer bloomers and are native to southern areas and not hardy, so make sure to dig up and store rhizomes over winter.

Canna 'Durban' Container

Canna 'Durban' foliage emerges with dark red stripes highlighted with pink, bronze and pale yellow striping that ages to a bronze green with yellow stripes. The large, orange-red flowers are an added bonus.

'Rosemond Coles' Canna

'Rosemond Coles' canna features big, red flowers with yellow backs and edges with broad, dark green leaves. Its lush, tropical foliage and showy flowers make borders and beds come alive from the beginning of summer until first frost.

'Assaut' Canna

Canna 'Assaut' is an upright, rhizomatous perennial with large, banana-like, purple-brown leaves. The strong stems bear racemes of orange-red flowers from midsummer into early autumn.

'Black Knight' Canna

Canna 'Black Knight' offers reliable summer color and unique burgundy foliage under a wide variety of growing conditions. The tropical perennial is perfect for mass planting in sunny borders.

'Striata' Canna

'Striata' is a popular hybrid canna that features medium-green leaves with yellow-striped veins. Orange flowers appear in racemes atop purplish stems from mid-summer to fall. Dramatic foliage provides ornamental interest.

'Red Shades Cannova' Canna

Hot color and bright blooms define this exotic beauty from Ball Plants.

'Australia' Canna

'Australia' canna features dramatic, burgundy leaves and bright, red-orange flowers that shoot up above the foliage in summer. The foliage and flowers stand up to intense summer heat. 

Dwarf 'Tropical Rose' Canna

'Tropical Rose' canna pairs green foliage with rosy pink flowers. A bold-leaved perennial with flowers summer to frost, it adds a tropical look to the landscape. The dwarf canna is effective in mass plantings or containers.

Canna 'Moonshine'

Easy-to-grow Canna 'Moonshine' illuminates the garden after dark when it reflects the moonlight. This plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall and is hardy in zones 7 to 10. Give it full sun and well-draining soil. This deer-resistant canna is excellent for containers.

Achira (Canna edulis)

Achira (Canna edulis), is an edible canna lily with small, bright red flowers that appear from August to October. Its thick rootstock is harvested, ground up and used to make arrowroot.

Canna 'Orange Chocolate'

For a big impact, grow 'Orange Chocolate' canna in masses. These tubers behave as perennials in warm regions, but can be dug and stored before the first frost in cold climates. The plants prefer full sun and perform best in zones 7 to 11. Keep them well-watered in dry spells.

Canna ‘Endeavour’

'Endeavour' features brilliant red flowers that bloom from midsummer to early fall.

Canna 'Musifolia' (Banana Canna)

Canna 'Musifolia', also called Banana Canna, grows very tall and very fast, reaching heights of 10 feet. Small red flowers bloom in late summer, but the banana-like foliage is reason enough to add this canna to your garden.

Cannova 'Lemon' Canna

This lemon canna from Ball Ingenuity debuts in 2016.

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