“A Plant at Its Peak”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Now that summer is starting to wind down, many plants that die back in the winter are at their peak. One of these is the hidden lily ginger. This clump in the side garden is about three years old and is seven feet tall. It makes a nice screening from the neighbors next door.
Next spring, I think I will divide this clump up and spread it out a bit so that the plants are not as thick. That way, it will be a longer screening and give a bit more privacy.
I wrote an earlier posting of the hidden lily ginger’s flowers which are very attractive. While I do like the flowers, it is the large leaves that I find most appealing. They are a bright green with a burgundy stripe down the middle. The older the plant is the larger the leaves. These leaves do not tear up like a banana leaf will sometimes, and they give a real tropical feel to a garden.
The only downside is that this plant is not evergreen. In late September, the leaves start to yellow and soon must be cut down and placed in the compost bin. I always regret that fall brings the demise of this favorite plant and look forward to spring time when it will reappear.