Hibiscus are well-known for their big, showy flowers reminiscent of the tropics – and they’re surprisingly easy to grow. The hardy varieties can withstand cold winters to rebloom each summer.
Most Popular Colors: Red, pink, white.
Blooming Season: Midsummer through frost.
Soil Preferences: Hardy hibiscus prefers well-drained but moist soil, best enriched with humus.
Climate Preferences: Hardy hibiscus can survive cold winters, and will thrive in any climate with warm summers.
Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun – full sun will encourage better blooming.
Landscaping Tips: Hibiscus flowers are sure to steal the show in any sunny spot in your garden. Because these plants tend to spread out, give them plenty of space apart from one another. You may wish to plant these near early-blooming bulbs, as the bulbs will have died back by the time these plants bloom.
Planting: Plant your hibiscus 3 to 6 feet apart and water in well.
The plants may not grow until later than expected, but will rapidly sprout once the ground warms. Don’t declare your shrubs dead if they haven’t sprouted early in the spring – they’ll be ready to grow soon!
Water hibiscus often during the growing season, and don’t allow the ground to dry out between waterings.
Prune the hibiscus plants regularly to keep up their shape.