This bodacious bloom comes from my Luna Swirl hardy hibiscus. The blooms are at least 6" across and have a deep maroon center surrounded by a swirl of lighter pink petals. This is one of the gaudiest of flowers you can put in a landscape.
The bush starts off late in the spring - it is one of the last plants to come out after warm weather returns. Sometimes you almost give up hope that it will return.
Starting around the end of May (in Louisiana) the blooms begin. The initial show is the best, but it will continue to bloom until frost.
This plant loves brightest of sun, but it also prefers plenty of moisture. I have a drip emitter under this plant and I make sure it gets plenty of water. As you can see, the bush has a pleasing form with large, tropicalesque leaves. Luna Swirl doesn't get as tall as some other varieties. This is a reliably hardy plant as far north as Canada and I highly recommend it for Northern gardeners.