Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.
Among the wonders of the Aquatic Garden this summer is the superbly elegant Canna ‘Intrigue.’ Its long and narrow leaves are generously tinted with burgundy and provide a perfect counterpoint to the soft-orange flowers which are appearing now.
Certain species, such as Canna glauca, are adaptable enough to grow in flooded, boggy conditions, yet will thrive in well-drained, normal soil. This trait has been passed on through hybridization to many of the cultivars we grow today. As can be seen, Canna ‘Intrigue’ is perfectly happy growing as an aquatic, yet it will be fine in a garden bed or even a container of regular potting soil.