A number of sorts of hibiscus can be found at nurseries and backyard facilities. The tropical sorts of lovely hibiscus should be handled as winter houseplants on this space. They’ve giant, beautiful, colourful blossoms, however they can’t keep outdoors within the panorama within the winter as a result of they can’t endure our frigid climate. I’ve had a few of the beautiful vegetation, however I wouldn’t have any of them now as a result of I wouldn’t have room in my house for big houseplants.
In our panorama, now we have a Rose of Sharon hibiscus tree that’s bigger than any crape myrtles in our panorama. The tree flowers all summer time lengthy, presenting a cover crammed with small, beautiful, pinkish-lavender, single-petaled flowers. The one unfavorable factor in regards to the tree is that it spreads seeds, and we spend an excessive amount of time every season eradicating seedlings that develop from the scattered seeds. I like the tree, however the seedlings is usually a nuisance. I’ve no need for greater than one of many beautiful vegetation.
Just lately, on this column, I wrote in regards to the three Texas Star hibiscuses that now we have in our panorama. They’re robust sufficient to face up to the winters on this space, however the prime portion of the plant dies again. The basis system lives and the vegetation return yr after yr. They’re fairly beautiful, too, however I don’t need greater than three of these. There are different sorts of beautiful hibiscus, one among which is a plant known as a dish hibiscus that presents giant spherical blossoms the scale of a dinner plate. I wouldn’t have any of those hibiscuses, presently.
One hibiscus plant that I’ve by no means written about is a gorgeous, double-blossomed, pink-flowering “Althea” Rose of Sharon, which is a dwarf tree that grows on the prime of the hill n our entrance yard. The little tree is a prolific bloomer that flowers all summer time. The blossoms are small however lovely, with twice as many petals because the flowers on the bigger Rose of Sharon tree. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love the colourful, double-ruffle blossoms that, to me, earlier than they open fully, resemble a carnation blossom. The very best factor about this small tree is that it doesn’t reseed. We by no means must take away any seedlings.
This little tree is located in full morning solar with some afternoon shade. Usually, the tree thrives on no matter quantity of water that nature supplies. I’ve by no means pruned the tree; I by no means deadhead the blossoms, however I do often feed the tree with an all-purpose sluggish launch fertilizer and I do water at the moment. The tree is a reasonably carefree plant that delivers an excessive amount of magnificence to our panorama.
Carol (Bonnie) Hyperlink is an Etowah County Grasp Gardener and an skilled backyard author. Her weekly column is designed to assist and encourage others of their gardening endeavors. Ship questions or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.