|Large stand of Hedychium 'Tara' blooming in my garden now|
Over the years I have seen many Hedychiums sold in nurseries here in the Pacific Northwest, many of which have originated in California. Almost all those hedychiums are destined never to bloom in our cool summer climate. Indeed, I once calculated that if a ginger listed in the Plant Delights catalog (it has an extensive hedychium list) bloomed after June in North Carolina that it simply would not bloom here. While I have had a couple of other gingers bloom a few times, almost none, except Tara, and a smaller one called Stephen, reliably bloom here.
I got my Tara plant originally from Glenn Withey and Charles Price who visited my garden a long time ago and gave me a large pot of it. Over the years I have divided it and planted it in many parts of the garden. The picture you see is the result of placing four or five divisions in this spot and then letting them grow for a number of years. This is a sunny, rather sandy location, but I have found that Tara is remarkably tolerant of different soil and light conditions. However, if you want it to do really well, I would plant it in a sunny location and give it lots of water and fertilizer. That said, I never fertilize my Taras and they seem to do OK. Also, I have some that grow in relatively dry conditions and they seem to do well there, too.
I should mention that Tara is such a good, easy plant to grow, and it makes this great dazzling show of color at a time when the garden needs some punch, so it has made the cut and will be going with me to my new garden. It is available from a number of online sources which are revealed by a google search of Hedychium Tara.