Torch and Tulip Gingers
Torch gingers are well known plants in tropical
Red and pink are the most common torches planted in
We’d like to introduce you to a few of the ones that we like the best, especially those we find useful in Tropical Landscaping.
Our absolute favorite isn’t actually torch; it’s a tulip type torch. Cerise tulip has got to be numero uno. It’s a larger sized plant that in the right conditions is similar in size to a red or pink torch ginger. It’s a quick grower, but not unruly and will even flower in a pot. What really appeals to me is the new growth. The undersides of the new leaves are a lovely soft purple; they turn green as they reach maturity. Colorful foliage is the backbone of tropical gardening and this one gets a 9/10 for foliage. The hot, hot pink flowers that resemble a tulip also get high marks from me. They are prolific, make an excellent cut flower and are the earliest season torch flowers to come out.
Number two is surprisingly also a tulip. The Black Tulip is a slightly smaller plant than the traditional red. If you are on a smaller block but want a tropical appeal this is a must have ginger. The undersides of the leaves are a dark maroon that is retained even when the leaves are mature. The unusual inflorescences are a deep chocolate color dotted with neon yellow. I’ve mini mass planted them in a bed with cordylines and heliconia velligeria cv shekong and they look fantastic. Black Tulip is massively underused as a landscaping plant.
Number three is Sugar
Number four is commonly known as both Thai White and Porcelain Pink. It’s the number one cut flower torch in Oz. It’s also perfect for Hawaiian style gardens bursting with Alpinias and brugmansias, a sort of gentile “pretty” tropical style.
And number five… well I haven’t decided yet. I’ve got at least ten new varieties in my garden, including the N.T. D.P.I. cut flower varieties that I’m growing out at the moment. One of those looks promising but only time will tell.
Don’t forget torches go best in a lush landscape setting with lots of heliconias, costus and cordylines. They can be used as a quick shade plant until palms or trees grow and they look fabulous planted out on either side of a path (not too close!) to give an archway effect.
The purpose of this blog is to share information about torch gingers in tropical landscaping. If you have any particular favorites please leave a comment.
Happy Gardening!! Ann