Hello Exotic Plant Lovers!

At this time of year your hardy subtropicals should be dominating the garden with drama and excitement. Bananas, canna, palms, colocasia and more have had a good, mostly warm, season to put on some size and start their show.

In this Alert we bring you the hardy gingers, Hedychium. This group of hardy, rhizomatous perennials provide tropical foliage all season long and then are topped by gorgeous, tropical flowers in August, September and October. Have a look!

Join us this weekend for a subtropical good time!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

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Hedychium: The Hardy Gingers

Hardy gingers or Hedychium are a great plant for subtropical foliage interest from spring to mid summer and then in late summer and fall they erupt with gorgeous, ornate, and colourful tropical inflorescences, some of which are sweetly fragrant.

Hedychium should be grown in full to part sun in rich, well drained soils with good moisture. The best blooms will be achieved in warm microclimates in the garden. They begin to emerge in mid spring and quickly develop a bold foliage presence with arching stems and broad, bold leaves. Each species or cultivar begins blooming at different times offering shades of white, yellow, orange, and pink, some with fragrance. They bloom for a good period of time and can be followed by attractive seed pods.

Hedychium are generally strongly hardy in coastal BC in zone 8 though they do appreciate a mulch of fallen leaves in case the rhizomes - which resemble the culinary ginger - get too close to the surface where they could freeze. In colder zones where these gingers are not hardy it is easy to grow them in pots and then move the pots to a cool, frost-free location for winter where the plants can go completely dormant in dry soil.

Here are the hardy gingers that we currently have in stock.

Hedychium 'Anne Bishop' - Hardy Ginger - 'Anne Bishop' is a hardy ginger that produces large clusters of fragrant orange-yellow flowers with orange stamens in late summer or fall. Flowers will have deeper colours in more heat. Before that the subtropical foliage adds a certain exotica to the garden. Hedychium are related to the culinary ginger Zingiber officinale. Though the rhizomes look similar it's best to just eat the culinary species. Makes a good container specimen in colder climates. Hedychium densiflorum - Hardy Ginger - This shorter cultivar is has smaller flower clusters than the other hardy gingers but is a reliable late summer bloomer and likely the hardiest of the genus. Three foot tall stems are topped with 18 inch long inflorescences of tightly packed, deep orange, moderately fragrant flowers. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.
Hedychium speciosum - Hardy Ginger - A great subtropical accent in the perennial border. Tropical-looking foliage provides interest all season long. Clusters of fragrant white flowers emerge late in the season. Plant in the sunniest hottest spot in the garden in rich soil and provide good water. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.

Hedychium gardnerianum - Hardy Kahili Ginger - One of the best-known species of the genus, H. gardnerianum has foot tall inflorescences of bright canary yellow flowers with firey red stamens. The flowers have a light fragrance. The season's new stems emerge late, often in June. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.

Hedychium 'Pink Princess' - Hardy Ginger - The attractive tropical foliage is topped late in the season with beautiful, delicate and fragrant flowers in various shades of pink. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero. Hedychium thyrsiforme - Hardy Ginger - This magnificent species has luxuriant and very broad dark green foliage with a unique inflorescence. The flowers are white and delicate with extremely long white stamens. The flowers are held tightly in the inflorescence which is wider than it is tall. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.
Hedychium ellipticum - Hardy Ginger - This striking species of hardy ginger holds its clusters of fragrant flowers on arching stems like a bouquet. The petals are white and are accented with very long, fiery red stamens. The broad, deep green leaves are ribbed on the surface and have leaf bases coloured red where they clasp the stem. Native to the eastern Himalayas and northeast India. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero. Hedychium flavum - Hardy Ginger - This tall hardy ginger has tropical yellow flowers on stems from four to eight feet tall. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.
Hedychium greenii - Hardy Ginger - This highly ornamental species has leaves that are deep maroon on the undersides, colour that also infuses the stem. This species blooms in early October in Vancouver with a small, tight inflorescence of relatively large, dark orange, unscented flowers. Full sun in rich soil with abundant moisture during the growing season. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero. Hedychium 'Pink V' - Hardy Ginger - 'Pink V' is a hardy ginger that will produce large peachy-apricot flowers in late summer and fall with a light fragrance. Before that the subtropical foliage adds a certain exotica to the garden. Hedychium are related to the culinary ginger Zingiber officinale. Though the rhizomes look similar it's best to just eat the culinary species. Makes a good container specimen in colder climates.
Hedychium coccineum 'Disney' - Hardy Ginger - ‘Disney’ produces racemes of fragrant, red-orange flowers in late summer with tropical-looking foliage that provides interest all season long. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero. Hedychium 'Tahitian Flame' - Hardy Ginger - 'Tahitian Flame' is a hardy ginger that produces large apricot flowers during in late summer with a strong, sweet fragrance. It has a good upright habit and beautiful variegated foliage with varying striations of creamy white in each leaf. Hedychium are related to the culinary ginger Zingiber officinale. Though the rhizomes look similar it's best to just eat the culinary species. Makes a good container specimen in colder climates.
Hedychium griffithianum - Hardy Ginger - A great subtropical accent in the perennial border. Tropical-looking foliage provides interest all season long. Tall 30-45 cm. tall cylindrical spikes of white fragrant flowers that are truly captivating. Newly introduced to horticulture and easy to grow. They are sub-temperate and grow to specimens without much effort. Plant in the sunniest hottest spot in the garden in rich soil and provide good water. Mulch with fallen leaves in winter. In colder regions grow in a pot or store in dry peat moss and keep above zero.

 


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