The Q&A Archives: Mystery Perennial

Question: I had a beautiful perennial given to me as a housewarming gift. It is on its 2nd consecutive summer bloom. The blooms are deep magenta and cone flower like, with tall silvery green stalks. Full hieght reaches 5ft. It thrives in full sun, and average soil. What is it? Also, what could I plant with it to fill in beneath it?

Answer: Without seeing the plant I can only offer an educated guess - it may very well be Torch Ginger (Phaeomerica magnifica). You can grow other sun-loving perennials beneath your plant; lavender might be a good choice; Anemone, Columbine, or even fall Asters. Best wishes with your garden!

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