It is not a fussy or difficult heliconia to grow. It forms a tight clump but the leaves spread out quite a bit.
This weekend I thought I would make a row of them so I got a couple more (you can see the one in the ground behind it)
The soil is pure sand. The pavers were layed on a raised sand bed, so that is what these plants grow in.
Initially I thought the sand would be a benefit due to it's good drainage and thus helping to keep cold-sensitive tropicals dry in winter. It didn't matter in the case of this heliconia, as it seems to be a very thirsty plant and likes a bit of shade.
Eventually the two newbies will fill up and form a hedge with the older one. I've put in few water-retaining pellets so they don't always look so dry, too. However, seeing as though these plants are not fussed on temperature or sun, I may end up moving them eventually when I try out another variety that will only grow in these hotter conditions. Such spots (heat traps in a marginal climate garden) are so precious that I call them 'valuable real estate' and can't let them be wasted on plants that would grow just as well elsewhere! My plants get moved so moved it's like a game of 'musical plants!' Not surprising really, when you consider that most of my plants are not grown in this climate so there is a lot of experimentation to be done to get everything just right.