Gingers

Gingers

Gingers belong to the Zingiberaceae family and are herbaceous plants which all have a rhizome. There are over 1300 species of Gingers. Some are several metres tall, and others are small. Some have ornate foliage and sweet fragrances. Gingers are wonderful garden plants for any garden. Many thrive in warm tropical climates, but there are some Gingers that will grow in southern states. Some are deciduous throughout the winter which brings a special surprise when you see them grow again in spring. Even the deciduous plants can be grown in the Southern states as they die back in the winter which actually protects the plants from frosts. But they must be kept reasonably dry while in dormancy as the rhizome may rot. This also applies to any climate. Flower colours ranges from Lavender blue, Bright red, burgundy red, white, pink, yellow. Gingers can bring colour and any garden to life with there beautiful flowers and foliage. Some gingers are also edible and also used for medicinal purposes.

Here is a list of Ginger species that we grow in our nursery.

Alpinia’s

 

Alpinia Nutans  Alpinia Henryii

 

 

 

 

 

Amorphophallus

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius Elephant Foot Yam

The AMORPHOPHALLUS paeoniifolius Elephant Foot Yam has been in cultivation in tropical Asia and India for centuries. Native across Asia, India, New guinea and Northern Australia which the indigenous people cultivated the plant quite readily.  It has been used as their main staple food if rice was in short supply and also used for medicinal purposes.  This would be the most unusual plant that I have ever seen. It flowers when it is mature, about 4-5 years old. The flower emerges late Spring or early summer which gives out a smell of a dead animal but soon disappears. But really, its not that bad. The flower stays open for at least 2 weeks then slowly dies. Before you know it, a single stalk with a rough wort like surface emerges and then the leaves open up like an umbrella. These plants can grow to 2 mt in height with the leaf span which can reach up to 3m across. What an amazing plant.

 

Elephant foot yam   amorpeon

 Amorphophallus Konjac Voodoo Lily or Devils Tonque

The Konjac has been around for centuries mainly through Asia and Japan. It is mainly used for eating and for medicinal purposes. This fleshy looking exotic flower can grow to 1.5mt. Once the flower dies, the single mottled stem starts emerging then branches out resembling a tree.

amorph-konjac3   Konjac seed

Amorphophallus Bulbifer Voodoo Lily Snake plant

The snake plant has been around for while. The large arum-like pinkish flower can grow up to 35cm tall. The stem is smooth and resembles snake skin.

The flower emerges when the plant is mature about 4-5 years old.

IMG_1019   IMG_1077

 

Waterlilies Hardy’s and Tropicals

nymphaea tropical firefox

Waterlilies Hardy’s and Tropicals

 

Waterlilies are such a unique feature for any water garden, with there fragrance, size and diversity in color.

A water garden can provide a place to retreat and unwind from the outside world. The sound of water trickling down a water fall and the frogs croaking or even just the stillness of the water alone, can provide a place of tranquillity and relaxation.

There are four main categories of Waterlilies, Hardy, Tropical, Miniature and Nocturnal.

peach glow   mangala

Hardy Peach Glow                                                         Hardy Mangkala Ubol

HARDY WATERLILY flowers float on top of the water and open for three days in succession, closing at night. The leaves are smaller and a lot more thicker than the Tropical varieties.

The Hybridization of many Hardy water lilies over the years are lasting longer through winter and also flowering earlier in the season than the old varieties of Hardy Waterlilies, they also are standing out of the water, more like a tropical. The colour range on the hardy waterlily is extensive-from white through to many different shades of pink, red, apricot and yellow. The Hardy waterlily is suitable for tropical and temperate climates.

 

star of siam    aGreenburg1

Tropical Star of Siam                                                   Tropical Albert Greenburg

TROPICAL WATERLILLIES will grow in varying depths of water according to variety, but most prefer warm waters above 15-30cm above the crown. Leaves can be up to a dinner plate size and larger, they attain a spread of between 1-5mts.

They are usually more decorative with speckling, streaking and marbling of the leaves. Tropical flowers are large and vividly colored.
The flowers are held on the stems above the water from 15-35cm in height. The colors range from white, many shades of pink, magenta, apricot, yellow and shades of blue and purple and most are heavily fragrant. The tropical waterlily is mostly suited to the sub tropical to tropical regions, but there are some varieties of tropical waterlilies that will grow in the southern states.

hardy waterlily    colorata

Hardy Perrys Baby Red                                              Tropical miniature Colorata

MINIATURE WATERLILLIES are mostly Hardy varieties. The only tropical miniature is the blue Colorata. Colours range from white, yellows, apricot, shades of pink and reds. Perfect for containers for balcony’s and small ponds.

 

nocturnal waterlily    Antares

Nocturnal Woods White Night                                         Nocturnal Antares

NOCTURNAL WATERLILIES have large serrated thick leaves, others have smaller leaves like the Tropical nocturnal tiger Lotus used mostly in aquariums. Colours range from vivid florescent dark pink to red to brilliant white. Some come in shades of pink. The flower opens at dusk and stays open until the next morning until about mid morning. These waterlilies are perfect for people that work through the day and come home and enjoy the tranquilly of there waterlilies.

 

Native Australian Tropical waterlilies

Native australian

This Native Australian Tropical waterlily belongs to the family of subs. Anecphya. These magnificent water lilies vary in sizes and colors. They are often mistaken for the Imported Egyptian Nymphaea Caerulea also known as the Blue Lotus, which is seen in many waterways across Queensland and NSW. Some people assume that they are our Australian Native, but they are not…


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