This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is singular that more attention is not given to Tropical plants for borders. They like hot weather, in fact the hotter it is the better they grow. Among them none will do so well as the Cannas. Judging by the way they grew during our late hot spell, the temperature seems to suit them exactly. A fine display can now be made by Cannas alone, so many varieties of color having been produced of late years. A watering now and then, is all the attention they require. We have seen lately (August 5th) many varieties in flower, and with their beautiful colors they make a pretty show. In addition to their fine flowers, the tropical appearance of the leaves adds greatly to their interest.