Friday, August 1, 2014

Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus 'Summer Storm'
 
This time of the summer is when the hardy hibiscus begins to bloom in many gardens. When I am in the car driving around town, you can see them in full bloom in many landscapes that I pass. Their flowers are as big as a saucer and they look very much like those beautiful tropical hibiscus that cannot survive the winters in Indiana.

Hibiscus are now available in colors of white, pink, red, mauve and some with a mix of colors in their petals. Each flower blooms for one day, but that flower will be a show stopper for that day in the garden. Hibiscus grow in zones 4-9 and prefer full sun. They bloom in the summer and can reach a height of 3 to 8 feet in the garden. Their flowers can range in size from 4 to 12 inches in diameter. They are happy with moist, well drained soil to grow in. This year we have had regular good rains and my hibiscus couldn't be happier!

 
Hardy hibiscus are easy to grow. They die to the ground in the winter and in my area they are one of the last plants to start to grow in the garden in the spring. If you think it has died, just be patient and you will be rewarded with lots of flowers.
 
There has been lots of breeding done with this plant and the results have produced some very beautiful new plants. Some have unusual shaped leaves and others with beautiful dark purple leaves. The dark leaves and beautiful flowers make them look spectacular in the garden. Just take a look at some of the following photos of hardy hibiscus in bloom.


Look at the wonderful dark colored leaves on this plant.



 
 
If you like the photos of these hibiscus, then check out your local nursery to see what they have available. This is the ideal time to see those fantastic flowers blooming at your local nursery center and to select that perfect one for your garden.
 
 
Happy Gardening!
 
Debbie

1 comment:

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I love the middle of summer as my hardy hibiscus bloom for weeks and are the stars of the garden.