canna

Cannas often command oohs and ahhs in the perennial border. A bold tropical looking garden is not complete without the big leaves and voluptuous flowers of Cannas.

Tall varieties offer a sensational backdrop for just about anything. Dwarf varieties can move into the middle or front layer of the border to offer good substance in the mix of plants.

Christopher Lloyd taught us to mix Cannas with finer, tall foliage such as Heilanthus angustifolia or ‘Lemon Queen’ and Miscanthus 'Arabesque' for textural contrasts. Cannas also look great alone. A superb tropical container plant, Cannas pair well with papyrus or sweet potato vine. If you plant more tender varieties such as C. australis or 'Intrigue', it is best to overwinter them in the garage or some sheltered area.

Cannas also teach us patience. They are one of the last perennials to emerge in the garden and in nurseries. This is because Cannas require heat to wake up. They need at least 6 hours of direct sun, regular water and very good drainage. To insure good drainage, mix an inch of pumice plus compost into the bottom of the hole.

Ponds are another area in which to feature cannas. They can tolerate 4-6" of water over the crown. It is essential to move pond cannas into a dry area for the winter. If your pond has afternoon shade, try Canna 'Stutgart' which has bold variegated leaves.

Canna Tropicana

Canna 'Australia'

Rich burgundy leaves with bright red flowers July to October

Grow 3-5' tall 30"wide

Zones 7-10

Canna 'Intrigue'

Canna 'Intrigue'

Stunning dusky purple foliage topped by delicate orange flowers

Grows 5-6' tall and 18-24"wide

Hardy to zone 8.

Canna Tropicana

Canna musifolia: Bananna leaf canna

A huge plant with giant leaves in red or green on red stems

Small red flowers in summer

Grows 6-12' tall 24"+ wide

Zones 8-10.

Canna Tropicana

Canna 'Pretoria' - a.k.a 'Bengal Tiger'

Striking gold and and green striped leaves

Huge orange flowers July to October

Grows 6' tall 24"wide

Zones 7-11.

Canna Tropicana

Canna 'Tropical Series'

A series of compact cannas growing 2' tall 18-24"wide.

Large flowers come in red, rose, white and yellow.

Zones 7-11.

Canna Tropicana

Canna Tropicana® - a.k.a Phasion

Bright rosy red leaves with chocolate and green stripes.

Fluffy orange flowers July to October.

Grows 4-6' tall 24"wide.

Zone 8

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

Perennials

Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

Natives

Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily