Ginger Lily : dramatic additions to your garden

Ginger Lily

There is nothing to compare to the sight and scent of a mature ginger plant when first seen in flower.

They have amazing lush foliage from dark green through to grey green and flowers of every colour ranging from orange to white to yellow and mixtures of all of these!

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Perfumed flowers rising on tall stems with tropical foliage make ginger lily (Hedychium spp.) the flashy cousin to edible ginger root (Zingiber officinale).

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Ginger lilies are dramatic additions to your garden that are easy to grow and propagate. Starting with one small rhizome, ginger lilies multiply to form a flowering clump in beds or containers.

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Its flowers, which are woven into Hawaiian leis, look like white butterflies perched at the top of plants.

Spiky ginger lily (H. coccineum) bears flowers in tall spikes and comes in colors including red, orange, yellow and peach.

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Ginger lilies are grown primarily for their sweetly fragrant flowers, but they are also prized for their tropical foliage, which forms an attractive backdrop for shorter plants.

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You can also root prune them each year to maintain a convenient size. Alternatively, for mature plants, remove just the top layer of soil in the pot and replace this with fresh compost each spring.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.