Tropical Gardening: Warm summer days mean fragrant gardens

Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Diane McWhirter of Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary displays the flowers of the Himalayan Hedychium greenei also called the guava jelly ginger. The flowers make ideal leis for those who do not like a strong fragrance. They last for several days. Although somewhat rare in Hawaii, this Ginger may be found along the roadside in Kaloko Mauka. It is easily propagated from plantlets that are produced on the flower stock.

Warm humid summer days stimulate flowering of many fragrant flowers especially plumeria, angel trumpets, orange jasmine, pikake, night blooming jasmine and ginger species.