European Ginger can be a GREAT Landscaping Choice

Aug. 13, 2013

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Many gardeners have found how using European ginger can be a great choice for some garden areas. This plant is known to love shade and can be used in places that other plants won’t thrive. It is a long lasting plant and people use it as a groundcover to complement many other kinds of plants.

People have different experiences with it depending on where they live and other conditions. Some people are able to start it from bare rootstock and be very successful with getting it to thrive. Others that want a live plant instead of rootstock may do well with a small plant. Some people say that it will spread out and creep but this is not true for everyone. Others find that if they remove it, it will usually return at some point.

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These plants usually grow between 6″ and 8″ in height. The leaves are a shiny green and often get darker as the plant matures. The plant is said to have a mild gingery aroma and this is thought to come from the roots. Unlike other kinds of wild ginger, this kind is not edible.

People often like to use this with hostas and some people assume that this is a variety of hosta. European ginger will often grow in places that hostas will not such as deep shade.

The leaves on this plant are rounded and somewhat kidney-shaped. It is not a plant that deer tend to like to eat so that factor in itself appeals to many gardeners. It is fairly easy to propagate by division in the springtime. It tends to like rich soil but likes it to be slightly acidic.

People may find this plant at a local nursery but sometimes they will have to rely on a mail order nursery. These plants are often more favorably priced by purchasing online. Some of the larger hosta specialty nurseries also have this plant for sale because of its similarities to hostas.

These plants like shade for the most part and also like moisture. People will not want to keep tem soggy but instead water as needed to keep the soil around the plant somewhat moist. These are not suitable for all areas of the country so people will want to see if their growing zone is one that is recommended for it. The plant does best in the northern parts of the county and Midwest as well as other places. It is not a good match for arid parts of the country like the Southwest.

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