PINK PERFECTION: (Right) Cannas in all their splendour in Warsaw and (inset) in close-up.
NOT LONG home from a holiday in Poland, I have to confess I
wasn't exactly knocked out by the quality and colour of its
Yes, the Poles revere their trees and I loved the way the
countryside was dotted randomly with trees of many species,
creating a beautiful patchwork of green shades.
Flowers, though, were not that memorable, though this
display of pink cannas caught my eye in a park in the Polish
Unlike conventional cannas which can top 4ft, these
crowd-stoppers are barely half that size — and that surprised
Back home, I checked through the catalogues and discovered a
dwarf strain listed by J Parker.
The pink hybrid, called Perkeo, closely resembled the massed
display in Poland and is a shade that's less familiar among
these half-hardy perennials from tropical America, that usually
flaunt red, orange or yellow blooms.
For even more variety, you can buy four other dwarfs from
Parkers — red President, yellow Louis Cottin, speckled yellow
Picasso and red edged yellow Lucifer. Treat yourself to two of
each and Parkers will charge you half price, a very tempting
£9.35 for ten plants.
Cannas relish life in the sun and, in our part of the world,
can be left alfresco all year, provided some protection is
offered — such as straw or fleece — in bitterly cold winter
weather. The rhizomes can be cut in sections if you need to
increase your display or give some away.
● To order cannas or request a Parkers catalogue call 0161
8481100 or click jparkers.co.uk