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This lush, glossy green tropical plant is an excellent addition to any jungle-style garden. It has large, wide sheath-like leaves and huge 30cm-long (1ft) flowers in bright shades of orange and yellow. Despite their tropical appearance, ginger lilies are surprisingly hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as -5oC (23oF) without any lasting damage. If a hard frost is forecast, wrap the base of the plant in horticultural fleece to protect it. These plants are simple to grow but do need well-prepared soil in order to thrive, so plant the rhizomes deeply and add as much well-rotted compost and organic matter as possible. These plants are perfect for patio containers where their fabulous, rich perfume can be enjoyed throughout July and August.
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: Yellow, Orange
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Flowering period: July to August
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