South Pacific Canna

By Susan Littlefield

It's not too early to begin planning next year's garden, so canna enthusiasts and those looking to add tropical flair to their gardens will be pleased to see the announcement of one of the 2013 All-America Selection (AAS) Flower Award winners.

The boldly colored Canna 'South Pacific' will be an eye-catching addition to any garden. With its 4-inch, bright scarlet flowers atop a 4 to 5 feet plant, it makes a real statement whether used as focal point, the backdrop to a border, or even in a large container.

Bred by Takii & Co. Ltd, 'South Pacific' is the first F1 hybrid from seed and wowed the AAS judges with its robust nature and prolific blooms. It produces six to seven stems per plant, with larger flowers than other seed-grown cannas. 'South Pacific' flowers early, continues blooming consistently all summer long, and even withstands a light frost.

Like all cannas, it does best in moist, even wet, soil and makes a stunning pond-side planting. Plants in full sun will produce the best floral show. Cannas are perennials hardy to Zone 8. Gardeners in colder zones can dig the rhizomes before frost in the fall and store them over the winter for planting again the following spring.

For more information on 'South Pacific' canna, go to: AAS.

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