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Three Hibiscus for the Garden

When you hear the name hibiscus your thoughts may wander to warm, tropical locales.  Or perhaps you have grown some of its hardier relatives.

Consider adding one of the hardy hibiscus to your garden. This group includes several North American native species. These perennial plants tend to have the largest flowers and dieback to the ground each year.

The shrub hibiscus, most know as Rose of Sharon, forms a woody long lasting framework.  It flowers in mid to late summer and you can find single and double flowered varieties for sale. These plants tend to be large and some varieties grow to 15 feet tall.

Tropical Hibiscus are also shrub-like, cousin to Rose of Sharon, but much less hardy. They are grown in southern frost-free U.S. landscapes or as patio and houseplants in colder areas.

A bit more information: The National Garden Bureau declared 2021 Year of the Hardy Hibiscus. These fast-growing plants, many of which have flowers the size of dinner plates, can tolerate temperatures as low as minus 30° F (minus 34° C).

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