Sunday, June 14, 2009

Another Favorite Shrub

I've got a new favorite shrub. It's the not-so-common, lowly hardy hibiscus. This wonderful shrub makes a lovely, tropical-looking plant that has HUGE blooms from early summer till frost. The blooms can be the size of a plate and come in many different colors. It's only weakness is that is can't take drought, so don't plant it in a place where you can't water it. It doesn't need rich soil or much pampering. It will die back to the ground each winter, then come up in the spring (it can come later than most other plants, so don't give up on it too early!) It can be grown as far north as zone 5. Above is a picture of mine that is a pink blend known as Luna Swirl. You should see my sister Susie's plum-colored one.


ritab said...

Oh, Luna Swirl is so pretty, does it make viable seed? I have a yellow hardy with a maroon center, we could trade if you want some.

Davy Barr said...

I haven't got any seeds off of it. I'm not sure if it even makes viable ones.