Five Spectacular Flowering Hibiscus for Your Summer Garden
By Laurelynn Martin
Outrageous color, dinner-plate sized blooms and floral perfection are just some of the words used to describe these large tropical Hibiscus. We are fortunate to have many wonderful hibiscus in our collection, and nothing delights us more than watching people’s faces light up when they witness the beauty of these flowers. Some of our favorites are below:
‘Black Dragon’s outstanding burgundy flower reaches 8” across and has an eye-catching black center. It was named Hibiscus of the Year in 2005 by the American Hibiscus Society. The bush is a slow grower and once it reaches 18” tall, it starts to grow laterally. However, the spectacular blooms more than offset its growth habit.
Hibiscus ‘Voila’ is a Cajun Hibiscus with knock-your-socks-off color. This prolific bloomer has 6” flowers and boast lavender and magenta petals with vibrant yellow, frilly edges. Blooms last up to 2 days.
Another impressive hybrid is a fully double hibiscus called Hibiscus ‘Kona’. Large rich pink, fully double blossoms resembling puffy crepe-paper adorn this vigorous grower. When grown in full sun, this fast-growing, free-blooming plant will amaze you with its beauty and heavy flowering. ‘Kona’ makes a beautiful potted plant.
The outrageous colored blooms of Hibiscus ‘Chad’ are orange-red streaked and splashed in yellow and will light up any sunlit growing space. The 4″ flowers, although smaller than our other varieties, make even a bigger statement as multiple blooms appear on the growing tips. An upright grower, it branches freely making this hybrid a prime candidate for container culture.
When it comes to coloring, Hibiscus ‘Midnight Tryst’ is unique with its contrasting color combination. The bright pink starburst heart radiates through rich purple and gray tones, into the smooth, bright pink petal edges. By the second day of blooming, the flower color fades a bit, but there is usually another bud right behind it waiting to open.
Tips for Growing Flowering Hibiscus
Hibiscus need full sun with plenty of water and fertilizer to maximize their blooming potential. They are wonderful additions to a summer garden. Hibiscus can be kept in a pot or planted directly into the ground. We find that living in the north, simply digging a hole and dropping the pot into the hole for stability makes it easier for end of the summer care, when you move your plants back inside. If you are in a tropical area then it makes sense to plant hibiscus directly into the ground.
Flower color can vary depending on cultural issues like full or partial sun, if it’s a first or second day flower (colors sometimes change on the second day or become more muted), or even if the plant is young or mature. These color changes are normal and add to the delight of growing tropical hibiscus.
We hope you’ll enjoy planting some of these spectacular flowering hibiscus in your summer garden this year. You can learn more about the hibiscus plants mentioned in this article below: