- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: rich, moist soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast
- Flowering period: July and August
- Flower Colour: orange-red
- Other features: architectural foliage
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
Forming a slowly spreading clump of lustrous foliage, this compact ginger lily is one of the hardier forms. The slender spikes of fragrant, orange-red flowers appear early in the season and tend to open in one impressive flush.
- Garden care: Plant the rhizomes into pots using a good soil-based compost such as John Innes No2. The rhizome should be placed horizonatly just below the surface of the soil with the small reddish coloured buds facing upwards. Water well and then grow on under glass until all risk of frost has passed. Alternatively, store the rhizomes in a cool, frost-free place (such as a garage, shed or unheated porch) until they can be planted straight out in the garden. Keep well watered during the summer, but dry during winter. The rhizomes should be covered in the Autumn with a deep, dry mulch, or brought inside and kept in a frost free spot until the Spring when they can be planted outside again.
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Q:Hi, do these flowers smell good, as in have fragrance?Asked on 4/6/2014 by Diana from United Kingdom
Yes these plants do have fragrant flowers.Answered on 4/8/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:The specification says these plants can tolerate partial shade. I am trying to fill a sheltered spot that gets 3-4 hours of full sun in the late afternoon but the rest of the time is quite shady because of the position of the house. Would this plant thrive there?Asked on 3/8/2014 by Dr Clovenhoof from West Yorkshire
Hedychium densiflorum will tolerte light shade. Ideally it likes a dappled light shade, warmth, and a moist soil through out the summer to do well. If where you are thinking of planting is a cold spot then I doubt it will do well.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 3/10/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Are these attacked in the same way as lilium by the dreaded lily beetle? Our lilies were destroyed last year and i am looking for an alternative.Asked on 3/12/2013 by shedlover from oxfordshire
Despite their common name, these are not true lilies, so they are not affected by lily beetles.
I hope this helps,Answered on 3/13/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Is Hedychium densiflorum deep rooted or shallow. I shall be planting it in a pot and need to know if it needs to be a deep one or whether a shallow one would do.Asked on 3/8/2013 by sweetpea from York
These plants are not particularly deep rooted, but I would allow for a depth of at least 30cm for each plant. If possible a deeper pot would be preferable however as otherwise they can get top heavy when in full leaf.Answered on 3/11/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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