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There are so many great plants for summer but here's one group you might not be familiar with: the perennial hibiscus. They have the largest flowers in the mallow family at 6-10 inches in diametre. If you're intrigued, read on!

Even if these huge flowers don't do it for you, make sure to come visit us soon. The nursery is in full bloom and brimming with colour.

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Gary and the Phoenicians

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Flowers as Big as Your Face
from Perennial Hibiscus

Fantastic Foliage and Huge Flowers Makes for an Amazing Summer Focal Point

Many gardeners have yet to come face to face with the perennial hibiscus. But what a meeting that will be when you stand in front of the flowers of these beautiful plants and realize it's a flower, well.... as big as your face!

Gardeners seem to know Hibiscus syriacus, the rose-of-sharon and the tropical hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis but few know the perennial hibiscus which are hybrids of H. moscheutos, H. coccineus, and other species. The cultivars derived from these crosses are herbaceous plants that die back to the ground each fall and rise anew with strong stems in mid to late spring. They have large, maple-like leaves in shades of green or burgundy which makes for a dramatic specimen in the garden. But it's when they flower that you will really come to appreciate the perennial hibiscus. The flowers can be 6, 8, 9 or even 10 inches across! They come in shades of white, pink, lavender-pink, and red, often with deep red centres and bloom in August, September and October making them amazing plants for late summer colour.

Perennial hibiscus are easy to grow in full sun in average to moist soils that are reasonably rich. They can also be grown in large pots or even as a marginal plant on the edge of a pond. They don't emerge until mid to late spring so make sure to mark them well or plant a groundcover at their base so you don't dig them up before they emerge.

Here are the cultivars we have in stock now:

Hibiscus Summerific 'Perfect Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Perfect Storm' has huge, seven to eight inch wide, white flowers, flushed with pink and a bright red eye that radiates out the veins. The foliage is a dusky burgundy colour on plants that are a manageable three feet tall. This is a great compact perennial hibiscus, like a half size version of 'Summer Storm', for smaller spaces. Hibiscus Summerific 'Ballet Slippers' - Perennial Hibiscus - Hibiscus Summerific 'Ballet Slippers' is demure and delicate while packing a flower power punch. The large, seven inch wide flowers are pure white with overlapping petals like a pinwheel, a dark red centre, and blush pink edges. Attractive, healthy leaves are bright green with slightly serrated edges. Flowers are produced from the top of the plant to the bottom, rather than just at the top like some other cultivars.
Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm' - Perennial Hibiscus - This hybrid has the darkest wine purple, maple-like foliage ever seen on a perennial Hibiscus. This plant produces large 8-10 inch wide, pink flowers with rose veining and a deep magenta eye that radiates out onto the petals. It makes an amazing display in the summer and fall garden. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season. Hibiscus Summerific 'Starry Starry Night' - Perennial Hibiscus - 'Starry Starry Night' has wine purple, maple-like foliage that is thick and leathery, and glossy, pink buds which open to 8-9 inch wide, pale pink with darker pink speckling and veining flowers. It blooms from midsummer into early fall and makes an amazing display. Provide full sun and good moisture during the growing season.

These plants are available at the nursery now! We also have in stock red 'Mars Madness', pinkish red 'Sultry Kiss', and lavender-rose pink 'Plum Fantasy' in small quantities!


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