As summer heats up, so do the cannas. I like to use them in huge swathes with their wonderful leaves as the main attraction and the flowers as a bonus – to begin with; later they become a liability when they become tatty seedheads. Here they are against the old barn near the entrance to the farm. I have cannas with bright green leaves, yellow and green stripes, deep purple-brown leaves and the wonderfully multi-coloured ‘Durban’, also known as ‘Tropicanna’. Their flowers are mostly a rich burnt orange or bright red, but there are creamy yellows and bright yellows and red/yellow combos. Then there is a rather insipid (for a canna) pink which must be kept miles away from other cannas. One of my favourites is the tiny but very elegant species canna with rich red flowers, beautifully coloured stems and deep purple-brown seedheads. Actually, I think a follow-up post on my various cannas is called for!