Hedychium wardiii is really beautiful hardy ginger with large wonderfully fragrant bright yellow flowers unlike other gingers. Reaching up to 1.5 metres high this ginger is proving remarkably hardy and easy to grow rapidly forming clumps of arching stems each topped from late August with the large, up to 15cm long flower heads. Hedychium wardii is hardy with us when planted in a sunny position in fertile free draining soil.
Once the foliage has been frosted I recommend cutting the stems back to 30cm then mulching the base of the plant with 15cm with good organic compost. In cold areas I would do the prevous and then add a layer of staw which I’d then cover with a large up turned terracota or clay pot to keep the winter frosts and wet away from the dormant rhizomes.
As with all hardy or temperate gingers they all make wonderful container plants. In really cold areas this is perhaps the best way to cultivate them as they can easily be moved in winter to a frost free location such as a shed or garage to prevent the roots from freezing. A small tip, if you give them regular fortnightly feeds with a tomato fertiliser during the growing period you should be rewarded by mutiple flowers from late summer right through to late autumn.
- Position:Full sun to part sun.
- Soil:Most soils.
- Eventual Size: Up to 1. 5 metres.
- Habit:Upright, bushy.
- Common Names:Wardii Ginger.
- Flower colour:Bright yellow