Red King Humbert cannas, coleus and snapdragon in Boston Common Cannas make powerful statements in many areas of Boston Common.


Pretoria Musifolia Old South Church Boston Pretoria and Musifolia at Old South Church in Boston


We spent a few days in Boston this summer and saw cannas everywhere!  Boston Common has many displays of cannas mixed with grasses, lantana, zinnias, snapdragons, elephant ears, salvia, periwinkles and more.  Cannas are planted both as eye catching focal points and as small, unsuspecting accents.  The top photo shows Musifolia used as a dramatic, upright statement.  Below the towering Musifolia is a layer of mandevilla peaking out above coleus and snapdragons.  It would be so easy to create this same effect in a personal flower garden!

The bottom photo has contrasting foliage mixed together for a very appealing look.  The stripy variegated foliage of Pretoria is planted in strong comparison to the black leaved elephant ears and the chocolate colored foliage of Musifolia.  Again, this is a great example of an easy way to use cannas in the landscape and get maximum rewards of color and pattern.

Enjoy!  -Nikki