In order to obtain the best results from your hibiscus, the selection of planting site is important.
Ensure you choose an open sunny position preferably sheltered from the prevailing winds.
Full sun is suggested, although hibiscus will tolerate part shade, excessive shade will reduce flower production.
Hibiscus have a vigorous but non-invasive root system. Hibiscus look spectacular as a feature or in a special bed on their own, with a minimum of two to three feet spacing, they also give a touch of class around pool gardens snuggled between palms and rain forest plants.
Some hibiscus are suitable for cultivation in patio tubs and are known to thrive for many years in containers.
3371 Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus acetosa
Mahogany Splendor features deep burgundy, maple-shaped leaves with serrated edges,an attractive look similar to a Japanese Maple. Ideally suited to the landscape, this drought and heat resistant variety also combines well in containers with other vigorous sun loving plants. Deep burgundy foliage, powerful landscape plant, scarified seed, 27" spread. 36" tall, grow as an annual, matures in 12 weeks from seed.
SF102 Luna Rose Hibiscus moscheutos
Luna Rose is a gorgeous addition to the hibiscus collection. The flowers are 8 inches across! It has a breathtaking deep pink colored flower whose petals are attached creating an appearance of a continuous petal with a ruby eye in the center and showy yellow stamens. This type of hibiscus is also sometimes known as Dinner Plate Hibiscus for its flat shaped flowers. These flowers will continue to bloom all summer into the fall until frost giving your garden an amazing display. The plant itself is bushy and compact, therefore making it great for small space gardens. Even better this plant is very low maintenance and heat tolerant. For colder climates make sure to mulch heavily in the winter to ensure re-emergence the next year. A wonderful butterfly attractant! Use as a single specimen or in a container for a patio garden. Zones 4-9.
TRM533 Carolina Mix F1 Hybrid Hibiscus moscheutos
These spectacular plants produce eye catching flowers the size of dinner plates in white, pink or deep red with contrasting eye color. This plant is an excellent choice for the back of the sunny border and for providing eye popping color from mid summer to late in the fall. Carolina Mixed Colors hibiscus is a herbaceous perennial that dies pretty well back down to the ground each winter. Hardy to Zone 5
SF117 Sea Hibiscus ( Hibiscus tiliaceus )
Commonly called sea hibiscus or mahoe, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to tropical regions of Asia where it is often found growing along coasts and in low moist areas. It is now grown as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical areas around the world.
It has escaped gardens and naturalized along the coast in southern Florida where it is now considered to have invasive potential. It typically grows to 12-25' tall. Intertwined trunks and branches often sprawl over the ground to form large impenetrable colonies. Showy funnel-shaped flowers bloom throughout the year. Each flower has five overlapping petals and a pronounced central staminal column consisting of the stamens and pistil.
Flowers last only one day, opening in the morning as lemon yellow with dark maroon throats, but turning dull red by evening when they drop to the ground. Simple, heart-shaped leaves (to 8"long and 6" wide) with pointed tips are bright green above and hairy gray-green beneath. Fruits are brown ovoid dry capsules. Roots and flowers have medicinal value. In Asia, mahoe is harvested for the fiber in its trunk which is made into rope.
Tolerates a wide variety of soil types, ranging from well-drained to poorly-drained and from acidic to alkaline. Tolerates salty ocean winds. Can grow in waterlogged soils and will tolerate shallow flooding for extended periods.
2501 Simply Love
Hibiscus trionum. Improved strain, upright habit for garden,
long bloomer, creamy white flowers, easy to grow.
2502 Swamp Rose Mallow
Hibiscus palustris. Pink to white flowers ( majority white our
expierence, but varies ) with rose pink eye, for garden or
pondside, grows 36 inches tall, hardy to zone 4.
2503 Hairy Rose Mallow
Hibiscus lasiocarpus. Showy, 6" flower, wine center, pink edge,
heart shape green leaf, likes moist soil, grows 36 inches tall,
hardy to zone 4.
2504 Rose Mallow
Hibiscus militaris. A wonderful specimen plant, 6" white to
pink flower, broad green leaf, likes moist soil, grows 48
inches tall, hardy to zone 4.
2177 Wild Pink Hibiscus ( Hibiscus spp. )
We found this plant growing wild on a farm several years ago
and have fallen in love with it. It is an annual plant growing
4-5 feet tall with dazzling pink hibiscu blooms 4-6 inches
across and seems to never stop blooming till frost kills it
off. We recommend starting it inside early to get a jump on
Color: Pink Zone: 8 and up, or as an annual Spacing:24-36" Height:4-5 feet. Start Seeds: Anytime of year inside,
for transplanting outside in Spring.
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FA106 Disco Belle Rosy Red
This color rarely produces but this is its lucky year, dazzling
rosy red flowers to 9" wide, order early, sells out each year,
prescarified seed for reliable germination. Grows about 25"
tall, hardy to zone 4.
SF101 Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus
A good hedge, reaching 6-12 ft., that is loaded with flowers in late summer and fall. Needs moist, but well drained soil and can grow in full sun or partial shade in zones 5-9. Plants should be pruned back heavily in winter. Space plants 2-3 ft.apart.
It is widely planted in areas with hot summers for its very attractive white, pink, red, lavender, or purple edible flowers. Individual flowers are short lived, lasting only a day. However, numerous flower buds are produced on the shrub's new growth, which provide prolific flowering over a long summer blooming period. Shoots make interesting indoor vase cuttings as they stay green for a long time. Some new flowers may open from the more mature flower buds. The species has naturalized very well in many suburban areas.
Note: We recommend CAPE seed
germination primer be used for these seeds.
3314 Kenaf Hibiscus canniabinus
We tried this plant as a background plant last year and were blown away by how fast it grew, the number of flowers it had, and the amount of attention it got. Already several newspapers have printed paper produced from this plant. Its an annual fiber crop (stems resemble bamboo). In 150 days it may reach 18'( we had several of ours grow over 20 feet tall!).
We grew it to to hide a pump house near one of our greenhouses, the structure totally disappeared behind these plants. It produces creamy white flowers and usually palmately compound leave with some resembling a Marajuana leaf, ,but some are round entie leaves Its paper quality is proving to be equal or superior to today' traditional newspapers. Numerous uses are yet being found.
In warmer regions it may be grown as a wind shelter or as a living fence. It has use as a forage crop, in roof matting, particle board, etc.if grown in the landscape, or as an indoor ornamental it would not go unnoticed.
TRM233 Forest Pink Hibiscus Hibiscus pedunculatus
Hibiscus pedunculatus is an attractive, long-flowering garden subject which can be planted in groups using 3-5 plants together, or as an informal border. Planted to the middle or back of a mixed shrub or perennial bed it shows itself off best, as its long slender branches allow the flowers to peep out from around and behind other shrubs, thus nicely concealing its sparse woody base from view. It can also be used as a container plant. It does best, planted in full sun but can also tolerate light shade quite well. It needs a moderate amount of water on a regular basis and should be kept well-watered during summer. This plant grows fairly fast and will flower repeatedly even though each flower only lasts a day. The flowering time is often all year round.
The pollen in the large flowers attracts insect pollinators such as butterflies, which in turn lure insectivorous birds to the garden.
Hibiscus pedunculatus prefers moist, hot summers. In a cold, frosty garden, it might do well a warmer, sheltered spot. It is a relatively fast-growing plant, provided it is planted in fertile, rich and well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with a considerable amount of compost and organic material. Prune the shrub lightly to hard, depending on how straggly it has got, towards the end of summer. It can also be pruned into a small standard.