Gingers are members of the ‘Zingiberales’ family, which there are approximately 1300 species. Gingers are a wonderful garden plant for parts of the world with warm humid climates. There are tall plants, short plants, plants with ornate foliage and sweet fragrance, plants for the sun and plants for the shade. Flower colours range from soft lavender blue to bright red and orange, pink, purple, yellow, and white.
Some are deciduous throughout the winter, which brings a special surprise when you start to see them grow again in the spring.
Most gingers like moist, fertile, organic soils, but a few are epiphytes.