The Gingers 'R' Us website
Le Jardin Ombragé is French for "The Shady Garden". When I started the "Le Jardin Ombragé" website in 1995 there were not many websites around with photos and information about plants, so I tried to provide information for gardeners about plants that can be grown in shade. My interests became more and more focused on gingers, so in 2002 I obtained the domain name gingersrus.com and dedicated the website exclusively to gingers. Since then, my interests have become even more focussed on the plant family Costaceae which is closely related to the true gingers in family Zingiberaceae.
Dedicated to the plant family Costaceae!
Botanists have made a lot of progress in recent years with a lot more scientific research completed, new genera and species described, and some old species reclassified or renamed. Many ginger species' genetic makeup has been analyzed resulting in new findings in phytogeography and the cladistic relationships between species. I have found that all this is simply too much for me to keep up with, and rather than have incorrect or incomplete information published on my website, I have decided to limit these website pages to the plants that I specialize in.
Accordingly, this site will now focus almost entirely on the plant family Costaceae - which includes the genera Costus, Chamaecostus, Cheilocostus, Monocostus, Dimerocostus, Paracostus, and Tapeinochilos. Most of the information will be on the scientific study of these plants, but I will also try to include information of interest to the general gardening public. I will include information about my field trips to the tropics exploring the jungles for new species, information about growing these plants in home gardens and greenhouses, and any other related information that may be of interest to Costus aficionados.
The links to the left will take you to pages with the formal botanical descriptions of these plants, detailed photos of plants both cultivated and in their natural habitats, and many other related topics. I am also happy to receive email inquiries about Costaceae, or you can visit my page on Facebook to see my latest plant discoveries.