A Plant at Its Peak

“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.


  1. deb said,

    August 20, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Love that ginger. I am growing a couple in containers and just can’t wait to buy more.

  2. August 20, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I love the foliage of this Hidden Lily Ginger. It should make a nice screen for you next year. It’s a shame that some of our favorite plants are herbaceous and die back each season.

  3. Jan said,

    August 21, 2008 at 4:23 am

    Deb, it really is a great plant. The ones you have growing in containers should spread in a relatively short time, so you can have more without having to buy too many more.

    Perennialgardenlover, it might be because certain plants are not evergreen that we appreciate them even more. At least it gives us something to look forward to – their coming back in the spring.

  4. lacey said,

    August 21, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Wow, that’s a very beautiful plant! I also love your little teacup garden art off to the side there. Very cute!

  5. Tina Ramsey said,

    August 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I think it is beautiful, evergreen or not. I wish it were hardy here as I hear it has a nice fragrance?

  6. Jan said,

    August 21, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks, Lacey, that little teacup was a gift from a neighbor. It makes a great little watering hole for the birds.

    Tina, the ginger with a fragrance is butterfly ginger which has white flowers. Hidden lily ginger is a different plant. I have both and they really add to the summer garden.

  7. nola said,

    August 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    What a great plant, I’ve never seen ginger growing. It looks very exotic. Do you buy it locally, or is it something that has to be ordered from a specialty grower? I’ve become quite fascinated by ginger, thanks to you!

  8. Jan said,

    August 22, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Most gingers are available locally, sometimes at smaller nurseries. You can always ask if they will get some for you if they don’t have it in stock. I have seen it offered on line, but I have not had to order any that way. Gingers are interesting plants, and there is such a wide variety to choose from.

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