“I haven’t bought canna lilies in years because they multiply,” said Kristen Suto of Busti Avenue, Buffalo. We visited her lush front yard, which has a view of the Niagara River, during Garden Walk Buffalo in July.
Suto has canna lilies in pots and in beds throughout her gardens. The yellow flower in the photo below is another canna lily.
When Suto brings her canna lilies inside in the fall, she trims off the excess leaves.
“The leaves don’t do anything in the winter,” she said. She keeps about six inches of stem.
In the spring, the plants begin to grow and will push open the bag. Replant them in a pot or in the ground after the last frost.
Here’s another tip from Suto: In late winter or spring, many of us get a pot or basket of blooming spring flowers. When the plants have lost their blooms, don’t throw the bulbs away. Instead, plant them in your garden to get flowers the following spring.
The huge, fragrant white lily in her garden at left started out as an Easter lily, Suto said. I was given yellow tulips one year and they’re still coming back in my garden. This will work with daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bulbs.
The last photo is a view from a shady area of Suto’s garden looking into a sunny area. Suto offers one last tip on how she keeps her garden beautiful.
“I talk to my plants,” she said. “I spend some quality time with them. I compliment the flowers and tell them how beautiful they are.”