Hardy Hibiscus Show Stoppers

Hardy hibiscus are my show stoppers in my GARDENS4U gardens this August and September.  Their unbelievably vibrant blooms, often the size of a dinner plate, will literally make you stop and gawk at their incredible beauty…

 

I love the hibiscus so much this season that I tried some in containers and fertilized them heavily to keep them blooming all summer…

As with any plants you expect to be perennial (they come back each year) read the labels before you purchase them!  These hibiscus are called hardy because they are considered perennials in more (colder) areas than their less hardy cousins.  These are hardy to USA zone 4, which are perfect for my Ottawa gardens.  Just be careful and patient in the spring, as they are slow to recover from their winter hibernation.  Because they die back to the ground in winter here, I put a marker near mine so I don’t inadvertently disturb or throw it out during spring cleanup.

Another important fact to consider is that perennials planted in containers are less hardy (2 zones) than when they are planted in the garden.  For example, although these hibiscus are hardy to zone 4 when planted in gardens, they would only be hardy to zone 6 in containers.  That means I will be moving these gorgeous containers inside before the first frost.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Hardy Hibiscus Show Stoppers

  1. I’m so surprised to learn these beauties are as hardy as they must be to live in your climate! I have several in my garden and they’re very drought tolerant and take really awful heat (we hit 114 one day this summer) and yet they’ve thrived! They really are special!

  2. I know! it has only been recently (past few years) that these hardier hybrids are available here. They look so tropical. I have been planting them everywhere LOL

Your two cents are valuable to me, please deposit them here!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.