Gingers: Ginger is a herbaceous perennial, it sends up a green reed in the spring, like a stalk with narrow lanceolate leaves, which die down annually. The plant gets about 4 ft tall with leaves about 3/4 inch wide and 7 inces long. Look for Hydechiums which are hardy with a mulch.They are grown from rhizomes that are best started indoors to get a head start. They grow tall and lush and have the added advantage of spectactular flowers and intense fragrance. Grow these.