Fragrance and color of Hawaiian gardens often due to ginger blossoms

  • The shell ginger, Alpinia nutans is a popular garden plant grown from sea level to 3,000 feet elevation. It is more tolerant of water stress and sun than many others, but will grow in shady locations as well. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Summer means many fragrant flowers blooming in abundance. Most noticeable is the family of gingers. Gingers are coming into flower a little late in forests and gardens this year due to cool weather conditions in some areas of the island. Visitors to our islands frequently comment on how fragrant our air smells with the abundance of flowers in bloom. Kamaaina often take for granted that which we have in abundance. When we are in good health, we sometimes we don’t appreciate it until we get sick.