To get a bold-textured tropical look in a warm temperate garden, there is a short list of exotic plants that fit the bill. One of my favorites is the little-known but amazing genus Curcuma . Curcuma, or hidden cone gingers, is a genus of mostly tropical plants known for their dramatic bold foliage and flamboyant floral show. Curcuma can range in height from just under 2' to over 7' tall. The slightly hidden flowers resemble psychedelic pinecones...a nice trip back to the 1960s. We urge our readers to visit the garden on our Open Nursery and Garden Days in summer and fall to see our Curcuma collection. One of the reasons that Curcuma have never reached a high level of popularity is that they haven't begun to sprout during the spring garden center season, but because of this, they can be interplanted with spring bulbs such as daffodils (narcissus), which go dormant before Curcuma emerge. Curcuma are plants that you must purchase as a leap of faith, then sit back and enjoy later in your garden. 

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith