When sunlight streams through its huge leaves, my original Tropicanna canna lily has the most stunning foliage I have ever seen. It is brazenly bold with its striped foliage in orange, yellow, burgundy, and green with just a hint of pink.
Last year I discovered Tropicanna Gold with green/yellow striped leaves
and a flower that is a more yellowish orange color with a speckled throat. Nice foliage, but not nearly as wonderful as my original. (I know, I know, a mother should not favor her first born, but I just can't help it! *grin*)
I was thrilled when I found that a new color -- Tropicanna Black --came
out in 2006. I realize that this looks an awful lot like the old ho-hum cannas. But, judging from its siblings, I have to believe that there is something wonderful about this new one. The flower is a very reddish orange, which I like a lot.
My mission this year will be to find one of these.
Here are close-ups of the flowers of each Tropicanna:
Tropicanna Black flower
Tropicanna Gold flower
Can’t you just imagine all three of the Tropicannas together?
Oh, heck, why waste your brain cells trying to imagine it?
I made a little collage to give you an idea of what the three would look like together.
I am beginning to get excited about the new gardening season!
I have so many container combos to plan.....must go check last year's pictures to rustle up some new ideas for this year.