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Want to add some long-lasting color to your South Carolina garden this season? Consider planting perennials, specifically, cannas; cannas are gorgeous and exotic blooming plants that are hardy and well-suited to the climate of the southeastern United States. Talk to a landscape or garden expert about integrating these tropical beauties around your yard and property.

Consider Cannas for your summertime color:


Skip the Seed

Unless you are a landscape expert, it makes the most sense to start with tubers instead of seeds. Seeds can be a challenge to grow, at least until they mature. This perennial is easy-enough to take care of and maintain; start in pots inside and move outside in early summer, around the same time that you start your tomato plants in the eastern US. For those with limited outdoor space, container cannas are beautiful, lush, and hardy options.

Enjoy the Bloom

Cannas bloom from late spring to the first frost of late-fall. For many, perennials are a cost-effective way to liven up the yard or garden, offering longevity and color from spring well-into cooler weather. The vibrant, tropical appearance of this plant brings a pop of interest and visual intrigue to your Carolinian curb appeal. Cannas are truly dazzling, whether in a garden, along a hedge, or potted on a porch.

Plant for Success

Set your Canna on the path to success by providing sunshine and rich, moist soil. Fertilize your plant and make sure that it has a spot with good drainage; it also helps to cover your roots, topsoil, and surrounding space with mulch to preserve moisture. This is a plant that doesn’t require a lot of attention or special care.

Maintain to Thrive

As your Canna grows often up to five-feet tall make sure to stake the trunks to prevent drooping or breakage. Also, remove any ‘deadheads’ routinely to keep your plants full and lush. It is recommended that you thin-out your plants every three to four years. The mild climate makes it viable for these plants to survive the winter without any preemptive protection against the elements.

Watch for Pests

As with many tropical plants, the Canna is prone to a few common pests, including slugs, snails, spider mites, and caterpillars. The best approach is to treat your entire yard with a quality pest control solution that prevents damage, disease, and disaster; your gardening retailer or landscape professional will be able to offer prudent suggestions for dealing with pests and keeping them from your Canna that make sense in the South Carolina environment.

Why wouldn’t you want to bring long-lasting color to your garden or greenspace? Talk to the landscape professionals at Terra Bella Garden Center, a local garden & landscape design center in the Charleston, SC area, for the best and most-practical options for your distinct property, hardiness zone, and budget.

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