Canna Lilies’ lush tropical leaves and exotic flowers are a spectacular sight to see! Whether they are spotlights in your garden beds or bring pops of color to patio containers, these charmers are loved for their long-season display and resilience in the garden. Create your own paradise and walk through a rainforest of Canna’s; even the hummingbirds can’t resist! Plant and collect them all!
Why We Love Canna Lilies
They’re exotic, they’re colorful, they’re versatile…really, what don’t we love about canna lilies? In addition to adding a magically tropical vibe to patios and flower beds, canna lilies are quite low-maintenance (provided you give them enough sun and water, of course). You can almost just plant them and forget about them—but you certainly won’t want to.
Certainly, canna lilies are beautiful enough in a pot all by themselves. Why not showcase those splendorous blooms for all to see by placing a few around your pool, patio, or outdoor entertaining area? It’s an effortless way to add some festive color to any space! Although they relish attention, canna lilies also play nicely with other flowers—equally bold blooms only further complement their vibrancy. This makes them extremely versatile in flower beds, surrounded by Spirits with similarly colored blossoms.
Caring For Canna Lilies
Canna lilies are tropical, so they flourish in heat and need all-day sun. This promotes bright and strong growth while imitating their natural environment. They also prefer moist and well-mulched soil—as it is accustomed to tropical climates—so you’ll want to water them frequently. Although they do best in zones 7 through 10, you can leave them outside in areas where winter temperatures do not drop below 20ºF. If your winters are a little harsher, simply dig up your canna lilies’ roots after the first frost, store them somewhere cool and humid, and then replant them in the spring to enjoy new growth.
When to fertilize?
Fertilize monthly to keep the tropical blooms coming!
Design Use / Indoor vs Outdoor / Container Gardening / Garden Bed
Canna lilies’ best look is in a container garden as the vertical center point or in a flower bed as the backdrop to lower flowering annuals.
Canna Lilies will rebloom through the season when given proper care.
Cannas are bulbs that need to be planted in the spring to flourish through the season, to then be dug up for safe storage in winter.
Canna Care & Culture:
- – Full sun and heat, space plants 18-24″ apart, they will grow well in partial sun but flower display will not be as strong and bold foliage colors will be subdued.
- – Grow well in average soil and best in consistently moist soil, they like soils high in organic material.
- – Perennial hardy to zone 7 if mulched over winter.
- – Average height of standard varieties is 4-6′.
Fall Storage Notes:
- – Dig after hard frost.
- – Shake or wash soil of tuber.
- – Cut off tops at soil line.
- – Store in garage or other location out of rain and sun for 2-3 weeks.
- – Using nursery pot, line bottom with newspaper and then put in a layer of tubers, then another layer of newspaper then tubers ect.
- – Keep tubers from freezing but store as cool as possible.
- – Check for rot periodically, if any found cut out the bad areas.
- – Re-plant in spring after frost danger is past (plant 4″ deep).