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Hardy Gingers and Bananas make a superb statement in the exotic garden, The bananas such as Musa basjoo, the Japanese hardy banana or Musella lasiocarpa, the Chinese Lotus banana, are ideal for adding height and presence to your garden. Musa basjoo can reach impressive heights with plants reaching 4 or 5 metres often flowering and producing tiny inedible bananas.
As well as adding structure to your garden Hedychium gingers provide stunning flowers and heady fragrance in late summer and early autumn. Another ginger, Cautleya spicata form clumps with masses of yellow flowers and is hardy outdoors even in the far north. most are hardy in Southern of England, but may require some winter protection in colder areas.
To find out more about wrapping up big leaf plants such as these for winter months, please follow this link: I need to wrap up my banana for the winter!
Ginger lillies - Care Advice
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Cautleya spicata 'Robusta'
Cautleya spicata 'Robusta' is one of our favourite hardy gingers, this Cautleya only grows to around 1m high producing masses of dark green jungly leaves against burgundy red stems, it the garden it rapidly forms small elegant clumps with multi stems...
Colocasia 'Burgundy Stem'
Burgundy Stem Elephant's Ear
Colocasia 'Burgundy Stem' Elephant's Ear. Fantastic large leaved shrub with dark red stems from Hawaii and Fiji. Looks great in a sub tropical border outside in the summer, but will need to be brought in during the winter months. It will also t...
Black Stem Elephant's Ear
Colocasia Fontanesii 'Black Stem Elephants Ear' has huge, glossy, arrow shaped green leaves with red hues from dark purple, chunky stems. Mature plants can reach 1.5m tall. flower has cream/yellow spathe. Looks fantastic in a jungly/boggy setti...
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'
Purple Abyssinian Banana
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' is a fast growing, very jungly plant also known as the Red Abyssinian banana. Though not hardy it can be grown outside duriing the summer months either planted out or in a large container. Often growing to over 1.50 metr...
A striking, evergreen bromieliad which forms a rosette of spiky leaves the centre of which becomes bright scarlet as the plant prepares to flower. The small flowers which form at the heart of the leaves are a brilliant, metallic blue. Drought, sun an...
Hedychium 'Pink Princess'
'Pink Butterfly Lily'
Hedychium 'Pink Princess' is a fairly vigorous ginger plant quickly producing a large number of leafy stems topped with spikes of flowers having a beautiful pink-flushed white petals with a dark pink flame at the base, which also has an attractive sc...
Orange-red ginger lily
Hedychium aurantiacum is a selected form of Hedychium coccineum chosen beause of it's superb bright orange flowers which are produced in abundanced late summer right up until the first frosts. The architectural narrow grey-green foliage looks stunn...
Hardy Ginger Lily
Hedychium densiflorum is a lovely compact ginger which first introduced into the UK in the 1930's which has since proved to be one of the hardiest gingers available. We have Hedychium densiflorum growing planted out in the ground here in West Sussex...
Hedychium gardnerianum, the Kahili Ginger is one of the most reliable and best known gingers in cultivation for good reason, it has wonderful large deeply fragrant flowers which are held on stout stems clothed in chunky, dark green foliage. The flowe...
Hedychium greenii is a superb foliage plant, with maroon stems and undersides of the leaves, with the top of the leaf a dark glossy green. Hedychium greenii has a softer gently arching appearance than its spiky architectural relatives with large flo...
Musa basjoo - Japanese Hardy Banana
Japanese Fibre Banana, Hardy Banana
Musa basjoo, the Japanese hardy banana, is a fabulous hardy banana, which when given rich soil and plenty of feed can reach 4m or more. It is root hardy so shoots from the ground each year if frosted but if the trunk is protected it gets larger each ...
Golden Lotus Banana
Musella lasiocarpa, the Golden lotus banana, comes from Yunnan, a province in the south of China. It naturally forms large clumps and rarely exceeds 2 metres in height. Once mature the largest stem produces a spectacular bright yellow flower (hence g...
Arum Lily. A clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with semi-erect Large arrow-shaped, glossy green leaves. Produces pure white spathes from late spring to mid-summer. Height 90cm. Spread 60cm. Naturally grows in rich damp grassland so prefers a moistu...
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Flamingo'
Calla lily, arum lily 'Flamingo'
Calla lily, meaning 'beautiful lily' in Greek. Gorgeous flamingo pink flowers in succession from spring through summer, thrives in fertile, damp soil in a sunny position. Looks equally amazing in a border or by a pond. Mulch in late autumn to p...