Planted the cannas today. They are a great plant (bulb actually) if you don't mind having to dig them up in Fall and plant them again in late Spring after danger of frost is over. Since we are by the lake and the last frost date was estimated to be May 25th, it was time.
close up of canna bulb: note 3 headed Rhizome
The one problem with them if you can call it that, is that every year you end up with twice as many bulbs. I had 2 large landscape size bags last Fall and I was only able to plant half of them.
bags o' cannas
In fact, often people get cannas as gifts for that very reason. That's how we got ours and now we are the givers. And what a gift it is. As with many other things, they are worth the extra trouble.
I have found that they do best in Full sun and they like some fertilizer for better flowering-Miracle Grow worked wonders last year. They don't start flowering till around August, but they constantly flower thru the first frost and then the foilage dies almost immediately. Then I go outside in my fleece jacket and have a nice autumn garden day digging them up and storing them for the winter in a cool but not freezing room (Think basement not unheated garage).
planting the bed
They need to be kept somewhat moist so they don't dry out. For the past few years I have stored them in a large landscape bag with some peat moss, sprinkling water over them and then they were fine all winter. I check them every month or so to make sure they aren't dried out.
They are best in the back of a bed because they get up to 6 feet tall and butterflies like 'em too!
Of course Mojo had to help too- he likes chewing on bulbs and in this case I had a few to spare.
"Hmm...this smells interesting..."