Anyone have any good ideas on companion plants?

sydneypie(z6tn)March 20, 2005

I have cannas in front of a 6ft wood fence and I love the tropical look. Anyone have any ideas on plants that would work well in front of them? Or just any plants in general that can hold up next to a canna.

Thanks,

Sydneypie

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mdalebo(England)

Companion plants should be giving their companions a positive advantage other than just looking good, or, perhaps that is a companionable thing to do.

We grow many types of Lavandula (Lavender) under the feet of our Canna, they do not conceal anything interesting on Canna and they provide the very positive benefits of strong perfume (canna has none) and they inhibit aphids, in fact aphids hate Lavendula.

Sounds very companionable to me :-)

    Bookmark   March 20, 2005 at 4:29PM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

lots of ideas here-- check out my photos- you will see them.

Coleous, persian shield, impatiens to name a few.

Boca Joe

Here is a link that might be useful: Boca Joe's Cannas

    Bookmark   March 20, 2005 at 7:37PM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

Big grasses look great with the taller cannas (and why anybody would grow short cannas is quite beyond me)--dark leafed grasses like Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' with plain green cannas, or green grasses like Pennisetum alopecuroides & various Miscanthus with dark-leafed cannas.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' goes well with just about any canna, and provides early color by blooming a bit earlier than the taller cannas. Unfortunately the foliage nearly always gets mites in my garden and looks awful by mid-summer...

Verbena bonariensis is a tried-and-true partner with cannas.

I'm also rather fond of cleome, and just about all colors go well with cannas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cannas &c.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2005 at 9:12PM
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sydneypie(z6tn)

Thanks for the great ideas and beatiful pictures.
Boca Joe, are all your cannas in pots? They are beautiful on your deck.
I just happened to have some Cleome and Impatiens winter sowing as we speak a long with some of my canna seeds from last year.
Thanks again,
Sydneypie

    Bookmark   March 21, 2005 at 10:54AM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

yes they are all in pots. They do extremely well for me.

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   March 21, 2005 at 7:30PM
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Nancy zone 6

Some melampodium came up accidentally last year in front of some canna, I really liked the way it looked.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 11:37AM
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vickster257(Z7aNJ)

I also like the look of Gerberas, Lisianthus, osteospermum, orn. grasses, black eyed susans, lavender, cosmos, and zinnias. Most of these are hot colors which add so much contrast to your canna plantings in the garden and containers.

Vicki

    Bookmark   March 26, 2005 at 4:07PM
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mdalebo(England)

Please don't forget scent when you choose your companions, canna lacks scent and companions should supply that for them.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 5:02PM
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prairie_love(z3/4 ND)

I grow cannas specifically because the hummingbirds like them, so I grow hummingbird favorites along with them too. And mine are in pots also (and I never thought about them breaking the pot, now I'm scared!). I usually have zinnias, terra cotta million bells, white annual phlox, blue salvia for contrast - mostly hot colors with a little blue. This isn't a great picture, but might show you how they look (the cannas weren't blooming yet).

Ann

    Bookmark   April 3, 2005 at 11:51PM
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minibite(6b)

Last year I tucked in some coleus for contrast and even basil right next to them in pots and all thrived well. How about caladiums for a more tropical look, but I'm not sure what growing conditions they like.

Janine

    Bookmark   April 7, 2005 at 2:22PM
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3dawgs

How about nasturiums?
Jen

    Bookmark   April 10, 2005 at 1:12AM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

I had a few extras this year. I planted one behind a hosta. The canna provides some shade for the hosta. Both plants love the water. This canna seems to be one of the better growers this year.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 11:51AM
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jaceysgranny(7aAR)

I saw a landscape picture with black eyed susan, baby's breath in front of it and variegated liriope in the front. It was awesome! I've tried to mimic it.

Nancy

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 7:34PM
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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

Boca Joe, is that umbrella spoke thing with the cannas papyrus? it's great.

Sydney, I like salvias near mine - taller ones like Purple Majesty, and ornamental sweet potato at their feet. Hibiscuses are fun too - I'm growing Red Shield this year. And tropical looking vines on trellises.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 12:54AM
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