Favorite or New Plant
Cannas are a dependably hardy perennial with a tropical flair that thrive in the bog environment around a water garden. A bold newcomer is the variety 'Tropicanna' (a.k.a. 'Phasion'). It sports multicolored leaves with downright gaudy splashes of green, orange, coral, and wine hues. Variegated green and cream varieties like 'Bengal Tiger' are also stunning plants. Cannas can take full sun but often look their best in a location with just morning sun or semi shade.
Water Gardening in Texas
The online publication Water Gardening in Texas from Texas Cooperative Extension offers practical advice for would-be water gardeners. Topics include types of water gardens, site selection and preparation, plant selection, fish and wildlife, and maintenance. Click on the words "Read Publication" to get a pdf version of the entire publication.