The Q&A Archives: Seeking White Ginger Lilies

Question: I would like to grow a flowering perennial in front of my orangey-red cannas to provide color and ideally fragrance at a lower viewing level. They grow about 6 feet tall and are in the full sun at least 6 hours a day. It is quite humid and hot most of June, July, and August with temps in the high 90's every day. I had thought about White Ginger lilies but can't seem to locate a supplier. Would these work? Are there better options?

Answer: There are many types of ginger to grow in Alabama. Most will not take that much sunlight. Hedychium (white butterfly) ginger will be marginal in such an exposure, but may burn a little. It also tends to get a bit too tall to allow a good view of the cannas.

Some other options include a dwarf canna, or another perennial like lantana, Firebush (Hamelia patens), Gardenia (a fragrant choice), or a bush type rose such as 'Nearly Wild', 'Knock Out', or 'Belinda's Dream'.

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